Guli Silberstein
Since 2004
guli.silb@gmail.com
Works in London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Guli Silberstein is an Israeli-born (1969), London-based video art maker and curator. He received a BA in Film & TV from Tel-Aviv University in 1997, and a MA in Media Studies, specialising in digital video and media art, from The New School for Social Research, NYC, USA in 2000. His video works and artistic interests deal with situations of violence and oppression, cognitive processes and electronic media. Guli has been extensively presenting his work in diverse artistic contexts such as festivals, screening shows, museums, galleries and online, including: Transmediale Berlin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kassel Film and Video Festival, EMAF Osnabrueck Germany, ‘Human Frames' exhibition Lowave Paris, The Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa, Museum on the Seam Jerusalem and the National Centre of Contemporary Art Moscow.
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EVENT

Freedom of Others


Dates:
Tue Jan 08, 2013 00:00 - Sun Mar 03, 2013

Location:
Salisbury, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

'Freedom of Others', at Salisbury Arts Centre (http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk), is an exhibition curated by Guli Silberstein, composed from four video works dealing with social-political issues.

Collaboratively presented, the video four works invite thought and discussion regarding the position of the suppressed and the subordinate, exploring moments of defiance and self-discovery through diverse digital video practices, referring to issues of gender, race, politics and family.

Liron Kroll’s hyperreal ‘High Expectations’, inspired by Richard Yates’ ’11 Kinds of Loneliness’, explores pressures to conform and live up to feminine roles and ideals. Its protagonists seem trapped in staged suburban scenarios. Delicate colour and dispersed lighting create an eerie tension through unnatural beauty.

Jean-Gabriel Periot’s ‘The Devil’ remixes 1960s footage of repression, ill treatment and retaliation of African Americans in the context of the Black Panthers’ civil rights protests, highlighting the identity search of the oppressed. A frenetic rock soundtrack and rhythmic video editing suggest ebullient propaganda, putting the archive footage in a new, contemporary context.

‘My Wonderland’ by Kate Rowles is a whimsical work in which the artist, dressed somewhere between a little girl and a 50s housewife, looms huge in front of her childhood home. ‘Directed’ by her father from behind the camera, she is tracing the house’s outlines and interacts with her mother who seems miniature in the background.

Guli Silberstein's ‘Disturbdance’ shows a young woman trying to shield protesters from armed soldiers in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Slow motion, a lyrical soundtrack and digital manipulation create a distance and make the scene almost balletic, but intense and dangerous at the same time.

The exhibition motto of 'art as communication' is manifested in interactive areas in the exhibition. A reading space offers books related to the video works on show, and surrounding themes of heroism, resistance, power, and the challenging of stereotypical social roles. Visitors are invited to browse the books whilst lounging on beanbags. In the ‘creativity area’ materials are available for visitors to recreate video art techniques and effects in the form of an art work on paper.

Feedback, questions and suggestions would be welcomed on the exhibition’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomOfOthers , which is continuously updated with information, videos and articles concerning social-political video-art.


EVENT

In-Between - Online Video Art Exhibition


Dates:
Sun Mar 20, 2011 09:18 - Wed Jul 06, 2011

'In-Between' brings together five video works that were made in 2003-2008 by the video artist Guli Silberstein. The works deal with in-between cognitive situations, influenced by the political turmoil of the beginning of the 21st century, as experienced or imagined through video as a medium.
Selecting Facebook for the online exhibition is a natural continuation of the works' interest in the issue of ‘place’, raising questions regarding context of art presentation. It’s interesting to address Facebook as a space for showing art work, which is situated in between an alternative space and a commercial environment, allowing the artist to autonomously show art in an accessible art space, while on the other hand it is a commercial environment and is under the patronage of Facebook owners.
For further details, collaborations and presentations please contact: guli.silb@gmail.com