Smadar Dreyfus
Israel, 1963
Smadar Dreyfus graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Since 1990 she has lived in London, where she completed a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art and postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. Dreyfus’s work revolves around the situation of conflict in her country of origin. She focuses on the socio-political context and how it is reflected in everyday life, exploring themes such as the experience of exile and loss. In her pieces, Dreyfus investigates the role that the voice plays in public spaces: how it embodies social relations and mediates links between the individual and the collective. To make her videos the artist uses sound recordings gathered over long periods of research. The resulting works, in many cases immersive audiovisual installations, shun the conventions of the documentary genre and, by detaching sound from image, direct the viewer’s attention toward what is unsaid and unseen. Mother’s Day (2006–2008) originated in the Golan Heights, a border zone between Israel and Syria that is controlled by Israel, and where a ceasefire is in effect. In the region a small Druze community lives alongside the Jewish settlements. Every year on Mother’s Day, Druze mothers gather by the ceasefire line that crosses the Golan Heights, and their sons and daughters who are studying in Damascus travel to a point on the Syrian side of the border called the ‘Shouting Hill’. There they exchange greetings and messages of affection using a megaphone system set up for the occasion that carries their voices across the valley.
Neus Miró

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  • Mother's Day / 2009