“Developing a semi-fictional alter ego he calls the Surveyor, Yuval observes the symbolism of the cyprus tree as an expression of time.“
Israeli artist Yuval Yairi (b. 1961, Israel) deploys a range of materials - from found objects to film - to recompose place and history. Abandoned and nostalgic spaces - a leper hospital, a writer's library, a cheap hotel room, an abandoned Arab village or museum undergoing renovations - are deconstructed, transformed through the context of memory. Trained as an aerial scout in the army, his work is highly disciplined, with each component strategically placed within the frame. Imposed distance allows Yairi to reflect back on troubling chapters of his life and polarising between the subjective artist and removed surveyor, he proposes questions of time, identity and morality.
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