Tirtza Even
Kayam Al Hurbano
(Existing on Its Ruins), 1999
Single channel video, 35 mins.
Collection of the artist
Occupied Territory/ Kayam al Hurbano (Existing on Its Ruins)
Shot in the Deheishe refugee camp near Bethlehem and in the Hebron (Halil) surroundings during a period of several months in the summer and fall of 1998, these disjointed fragments of stories and comments of individuals from these communities are interwoven with images and framed by a short, dream-like text written by Bosmat Alon. The tempered visual effects in the digital version challenge the illusion of accessibility to the people encountered in the film.

Tirtza Even and Brian Karl
Painted Devil, 2003
Single channel video, 57 mins.
Collection of the artists
Painted Devil / Counterface
Painted Devil and Counterface are two distinct versions of a project that aims to explore the issue of women's various roles in contemporary Turkish society. The issue is examined against the background of the myriad of complexities that characterize Turkish society, with its mix of secular and non-secular, rural and urban, modern and traditional. Both versions of the project include segments of interviews with a variety of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, integrated with digitally-altered shots of scenes from everyday life in Istanbul.


Tirtza Even, born 1963

Tirtza Even has been a practicing video artist and documentary film maker for the past ten years. She studied English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before completing a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies (with a focus on Documentary and Ethnographic Film Production and Theory) and in Interactive Telecommunications as a Fulbright scholar at New York University. Her work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum, the MoMA and the Johannesburg Biennale, as well as in festivals, galleries, and museums in the United States, Europe, and Israel. Currently a full-time Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University, she has participated as a guest speaker in the Whitney Museum Seminar, the Digital Flaherty Seminar at the Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, Art Pace annual panel, San Antonio, and ACM Multimedia Conferences.

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