Staring Back at the Sun: Part III & Part IV
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Part III 1997–2005: The Rise of the Medium By the end of the 1990s and early 2000s, a group of young artists had catapulted video art to prominence in Israel. These artists came of age just as visual culture in Israel was undergoing radical change. The liberalization of the economy in the mid-1980s brought with it a slew of consumer goods, made travel abroad more accessible, and expanded Israeli television from a single state-run black-and-white channel to hundreds of international channels. Part IV 2005–2012: State of Amnesia Radical innovation in recent Israeli video art has made the early years of the 21st century the most significant creative period in Israel’s artistic history. While painting serves as the standard-bearer for the artistic tradition of most countries, Israel could claim the same status for the moving image. The final section of this program highlights works made about Israel’s current social and political situation.