Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat
When She Spoke
To round off 2018 we welcome Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat to fill the Brakke Grond’s exhibition halls with recent video installations. In their poetic works they touch upon themes such as memory and commemoration. These works form the basis for in-depth questions around movement.
When She Spoke
Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat present visual translations of unique or historically charged places and stories. Research into the performative qualities of moving imagery runs as a common thread throughout their practice: they analyse the camera and its viewpoints, in parallel to the camera’s subject. They aim to mark spatial possibilities and the potential of the time within the (re)reading of images. Foighel Brutmann and Efrat explore the camera’s movement, tensions between the collective and individual experiences of the viewer, and the temporality of stories and memories.
A recent development within their practice is a research into making images of resistance as a succession of interactions between materials and their foundations. These exchanges penetrate the images, inscribing them with meaning. Foighel Brutmann and Efrat analyse materials such as crystals, the screen, and the lens, through which they look at images anew.
This extensive exhibition in the Netherlands presents a selection of recent works, including Gathering Series, a series of three video works, shown here together for the first time. In addition, the new installation When She Spoke – from which the exhibition title is also derived – has been developed for the Grote Zaal of De Brakke Grond.
Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat (both °1983, Tel Aviv) live and work in Brussels. Foighel Brutmann studied at P.A.R.T.S., Efrat at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2014, Foighel Brutmann and Efrat had their first overview show at Argos, Brussels.
Their work has been presented in group exhibitions in Jeu de Paume (FR), Portikus (DE), CC Strombeek (BE), at screenings at the Beursschouwburg (BE), and at film festivals such as IDFA and IFFR (NL), Courtisane (BE), and Oberhausen Film Festival (DE). In 2017 they participated in the residency programme at Wiels, Brussels.