Can an image represent a belief system, which in itself denies belief? This paradox, coupled with manipulation of the masses by leaders and their rhetoric, data abuse, and corruption are the focus of Ben Shitrit’s research and practice.
Orit Ben Shitrit is a visual artist, photographer, choreographer and filmmaker. She creates elastic worlds in still and moving images. Ben Shitrit's digital films incorporate movement and bodies to implicate the powers that be, their mechanisms of domination, and their effect—the potential for violence. Most recently, she’s been creating moving paintings made from detritus analogue film. In both digital and analogue, the subject simultaneously reflects and clashes with the national, in textured imagery.
Orit is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in film and video. She has shown in museums and foundations in Europe, South America and the Middle East, including: Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; MACRO Museum, Rome; Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Biennial of Moving Image, Museum MUNTREF, Buenos Aires.
Image: Orit Ben Shitrit, Universal Leader 1, 2018. 16mm film; projection; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.