Camera Obscura 2011, installation
Large Camera Obscura Installation: Plywood, paint ; video screening ; 6 drawings / dimensions of wooden box: 244186366 cm.
Installation views, Galerie Natalie Seroussi Paris May-July 2011 / curator: Marie Shek
This dialectic tension, between order and chaos, permeates Maya Zack work. This tension is also highlighted through the use of the drawings in the videos that reverberate in her drawings in the gallery. She uses the drawings as an inquiry into the question of registration of fictitious spaces and realities that reveal a dialogue with the mimetic ideal.
Zack’s body of work – films, drawings, photographs – is much like an amnesic search for those holes in the historical - personal memory.”
Marie Shek, curator
“Maya Zack, an Israeli born artist, is irresistibly drawn to resurrecting the missing pieces of her familial story, to fill the gaps with what will make up the fabric of her identity. “Camera Obscura” is a video installation by her that offers a lucid view of this history through the depiction of female protagonists, who are autobiographical in nature. The women bestow a sense of being absorbed by nostalgia on one hand, and feeling distant and alienated, on the other. They are given the task of exposing the relationship between reality and representation – are they documenting an actual reality, or rather creating an imagined one?