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Nira Pereg

Kept Alive

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Artist
Nira Pereg
Title
Kept Alive
Year
2009-2010
Duration
22 min 49 s
Format & Technical

Three Channel Video, HD video, Colour, Sound

LOOP Edition
Ed. 2010
Presented in LOOP by
Braverman Gallery

Kept Alive is a three-channel video and photo installation, giving a unique view on repetitive actions, taken place on Jerusalem’s Mountain of Rest. The project documentary approach is employed to address the enormous cemetery’s three primary activities: construction, burial, and visitation. Filming on location for seven month, the work investigates intersections between the living and the dead. The multi-channel video installation reconstructs the mountain, in which all the cemetery’s conflicting processes occur simultaneously. The work’s sound is artificially constructed, sampled from various sources and pieced together in a studio. This almost real overlay re-choreographs the Mountain of Rest, and function as another investigation and re-enacting of the events, isolating gestures and movements, giving them new roles.

*Kept Alive (a literal translation from Hebrew) refers to the text engraved upon headstones to reserve pre-purchased burial spots. The custom arose from bureaucratic necessity, but grew to function as a popular charm to ensure a healthy and long life for the purchaser.

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