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Eran Tsafrir’s work deals with the way fate, circumstance and choice shape our lives as individuals, communities and societies.


Thematic projects serve as a conceptual backdrop to the development of artwork (predominantly photography, sound, mixed-media and multi-media installations and film) that is designed to enhance perception and awareness of issues of personal and public concern.  Attention is given to the interrelations between art and the political, social, legal, economic, religious, ethical and technological contexts in which it is made and displayed.

Immersive and multilayered, Tsafrir’s work offers a poetic space for reflection, and serves as a slow burning catalyst for transformation and change.


Icons. (photography and sound), ascensIon. (multi-sensory installation incorporating sound, photography, moving image, concrete, tarmac and brick), viVa.VoCe. (site-specific sound installation), A Vigil. (ritual performance), Vote. (graphics; campaign dealing with the UK EU referendum and Brexit), /sɑːm/ [Psalm.] (VR and 360° sound) and /ˈhaʃtaɡ/ [#ashtag.] (multi-disciplinary; marking the inauguration of a futuristic protest faith movement), are thematic projects examining ideas of obedience, disobedience, political choice and protest (manifestations, aesthetics and limits).  They offer a glimpse into the complexities of prevailing man-made systems and structures and our role in their construction, development and destruction.  I’m a Feminist. (film, drama, in post-production) addresses similar ideas in the context of Feminism and the struggle for equality between the sexes.


Other thematic projects, such as Avalanche., Messiah. and suspended. (photography and sound) are more inward looking, tackling ideas of trust, decision-making and power shifts in relationships. 



Messiah. II.


Process


Tsafrir’s work has an indexed, raw, documentary source element at its centre. Most projects begin with a photograph, a realistic figurative image of an untrained sitter or an image of nature or landscape from Tsafrir’s immediate surrounding. The image is captured on film, an analogue colour transparency, using available light without filters, not manipulated or retouched.  Other projects develop from a raw sound recording (e.g. crashing waves, the movement of underwater currents, a hail storm, a protest march), or an archival document, sound extract or footage (e.g. a parliamentary debate or a political statement).


Then, moving away from the original indexicality, the source element is processed and transformed.  Layers of material and context are added to place it within a newly formed subjective setting.

The resulting work takes the form of sequences of photographic montages (incorporating figurative and abstract elements, and negative spaces of black and silence), sound pieces and installations that are experienced sensorially and transfigure in the presence of the viewer.  These are infused with drama and mystique, and charged with tensions between the personal and the social, and between what is or appears to be factual and staged fiction. 


Background


Tsafrir is British Israeli and lives and works in London.  He studied contextual legal studies, aesthetics, and European Union structures and law at Warwick University (LL.B.) and University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1st Class).  He later studied history of art at the Courtauld Institute (non-formal) and art practice at Central Saint Martins, amongst others.  He holds a diploma in Art Profession & Ethics (Distinction) from the Art & Law Institute in London, in which he is also a member. He is a practising lawyer specialising in commercial and corporate law, with a focus on technology and innovation, and art law. He is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales (England & Wales) and The Israel Bar (Advocate).  


Inspired by this unique background, Tsafrir’s practice seeks to illuminate the interrelations between art and the social, political, legal, economic, religious, historical, ethical and technological contexts in which art is made and displayed.  


He is the founder of CX // conteXtism., a manifesto-driven initiative promoting work across mediums that shares this objective and seeks to unravel the complexity, intricacy and multi-dimensionality of prevailing human and social reality and the forces that shape it. 



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