Backyard with Olive Grove

Lezli Rubin-Kunda

2005, 04:04 minutes


Documentation of a site-specific, performance-based project in the remnants of an old olive grove, now the backyard of a suburban home outside Tel Aviv. The artist carried out activities over the course of many months. These included treating the trees- knitting a sleeve on the trunk, coating the bark with soup powder, binding the trees to a pillar of the house, painting the leaves- as well as more direct body involvement, such as lying or swinging in the trees. The political, the cultural and the historical issues, musings on land, entitlement, justice, along with personal and ecological concerns, all exist as a context/backdrop to the multiple activities.
In the video, activities appear sometimes repeatedly, at different times of day and in different seasons.

The performances were edited and the video was first shown, along with Nightswing, as part of an installational exhibition of the project Backyard with Olive Grove at the Artists' House, Tel Aviv, in June 2005.
Also installed, with
Nightswing, in October 2005 as part of the exhibition Woman-Tree, at the Espais Foundation in Girona, Spain.

The project also includes an artist book/catalogue
Backyard with Olive Grove, including videostills, photos, sketches, drawings and an interview with the artist (available through Vtape).

Location: Savyon, Israel; Performance: November 2001- July 2002; Edited 2005

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