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Nir Evron: A Free Moment

January 22 – April 5, 2020
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall 
Guest Curator: Brian Sholis

Israeli artist Nir Evron’s film A Free Moment (2011) draws together political history and formal exploration. Shot in the abandoned shell of the never-completed Jordanian Summer Palace in East Jerusalem, this four-minute film reveals a dizzying perspective on the structure’s concrete bulk and the city sprawling beneath it. Though silent and restrained, A Free Moment suggests that long-ago political conflicts can have persistent influence, disorienting lives and altering the meaning of public spaces far into the future.



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Wednesday, January 22
6–8 pm

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A black and white landscape overlooking a town.
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Nir Evron, A Free Moment (still), 2011, 35mm film converted to HDCam SR video. Courtesy of the artist


Nir Evron

Nir Evron (born 1974, Herzliya, Israel) is an artist and filmmaker who investigates relationships between history, media, and memory. After receiving an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England, Evron began exhibiting his films, videos, and photographs widely. He has been included in the Berlin Biennial and the Rotterdam Film Festival (2010, 2012); has presented solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2016), at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond, Virginia, United States (2015), and at LAXART in Los Angeles, United States (2014); and has received several awards from the Israeli Ministry of Culture. His work is in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; and La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, among other organizations. This is Evron’s first exhibition in Canada.

Brian Sholis

Brian Sholis is a curator, editor, and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Previously executive director of Gallery TPW and curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, his recent exhibitions include Art’s Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019 at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States, and, with Julia Dault, Touch Screen at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada. He is the author of Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974 (Cincinnati Art Museum/Yale University Press, 2016) and has written for Artforum, Aperture, Frieze, Art in America, and other publications and museum catalogues.

Installation Shots

Installation view of Nir Evron: A Free Moment.
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Nir Evron: A Free Moment (installation view), 2020 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Installation view of Nir Evron: A Free Moment
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Nir Evron: A Free Moment (installation view), 2020 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Installation view of Nir Evron: A Free Moment
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Nir Evron: A Free Moment (installation view), 2020 © James Morley, The Image Centre