BEN HAGARI

My films and video installations are tragicomedies that unfold in absurdist environments. Frequently, a protagonist performs quotidian acts within a highly constructed situation that implicitly raise questions about identity and territory. In my films, environment and inhabitant are mutually constitutive; domestic spaces function both as prison and refuge. My work dissolves the distinction between theatrical façade and

 

backstage by opening onto spaces where magic, subterfuge, and poetry collide. A defamiliarizing effect is created through conceptual and material mimesis: make-up, props, and sets are manipulated to construct an artificial yet internally consistent system of representation. These idiosyncratic worlds are formed through mimicry and repetition, much like a child learning to speak.

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