5 Channel HD Video, 9:03 min in loop; Camera: Ben Hertzog, Elad Asulin; Editing: Max Lomberg; Sound Editing: Rona Geffen
Shot in neighborhood of Neve Eliezer (south-east Tel Aviv), with the cooperation of local teenagers from the area, for a solo show at Kav 16 Community Gallery for Contemproary Art (curator: Sally Haftel Naveh). The work was made possible with the support of the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts.
Hila Cohen Schneiderman's text: "...Kav 16 Gallery is located at Neve Eliezer Community Center in the neighbourhood Nir Aviv. There are different expectations from a gallery which operates within a community center, among others, the pedagogical-social content it displays. Alona Rodeh plays a fascinating game with these expectations. She creates a work that looks like a study video, like those in extra curriculum classesat the community center, like a cooking class; but Rodeh is cooking up a revolution. Her work is first and foremost a recipe, a visual instructional guide for preparing smoke bombs, and the learning audience is comprised of the teenagers..."
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This work raises questions about the social role of art and its political power, about the possibility of a work of art to function as a catalyst of social revolt. Rodeh does not show us the poverty in which these teenagers live, nor does she show us their crumbling neighbourhood (we can complete these elements without her help, as they have already become clichés in our mind). Instead, she chooses to focus on the future implications of this situation, when the smoke will really turn into fire. (...)