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Shahar Marcus

The Curator

Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv

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Artist
Shahar Marcus
Title
The Curator
Year
2011
Duration
4 min 25 s
Format & Technical

One channel video
Edition of 6

Structured like a Hollywood trailer with rhythmical editing and multiple effects, Shahar Marcus’s video depicts a curator’s “rise to power” with a measure of grotesqueness, sketching a map of the art world where the curator reigns supreme. Mapping external signs and cultural codes, Marcus traces the activity of the curator and his multiple functions, ponders over the skills required for this coveted position, and analyses the mechanism of self-glorification which makes the tick of the conductor of the art’s orchestra. At the same time, the artist also criticizes the superficiality and presumption in the art world, the “celeb” culture which crowns objects of admiration and imitation, and the yearning of patrons—powerful tycoons—to establish their high status by means of art works and artists. The film offers a “behind-the-scenes” peek into this impulse-ridden world, often perceived as a detached, elitist bubble, thereby shedding light on one of the aspects of contemporary culture.
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