Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

"The Orientalist" Exhibition Opening

A Conversation with Artist Eitan Buganim

A collage of four stills from the videos: a levitating woman, a crying child, a woman emerging from darkness, and a man on fire

Monday, April 25, 2022

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A conversation with Israeli artist Eitan Buganim marking the opening of his virtual exhibition

Conflating desires, miracles, magic and impending catastrophes, "The Orientalist" is a multichannel video installation presented online for the first time by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and curated by Dr. Rotem Rozental.

The project is composed of four short videos in full synchronization, arranged at exactly the same rate, with each crop, angle change, or dramatic action happening simultaneously. The soundtrack for each video is a popular “Oriental” Israeli song from the 1980s and 1990s, before this music genre broke into the mainstream. The identical structure attempts to trace the rhythm and melody for each song, highlighting the emotional and social meanings of both the scenes unraveling on screen and the accompanying music.  

Dr. Rotem Rozental, Executive Director, LA Center for Photography
Eitan Buganim, Artist 

Dr. Shayna Weiss, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Interested in more arts at Brandeis? Check out the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, which begins immediately after this event and runs April 26-May 4, 2022.