Profile, 2000

One channel video and sound installation, 3 min.

In 'Profile' Bartana focuses on Israel's military service which is compulsory for both men and women, directing her gaze at shooting drills. Just as concentrated as the young women aiming their guns at a target, the camera captures the profile of these young women, showing hands and the details of their quick firing weapons. The frame does not take into account the target, making it impossible for the viewer to determine whether the soldiers belong to the 'good' or the 'bad' guys. Bartana is more interested in collective experiences and ritualized acts that are meant to buttress a national identity.


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