Ben Hagari ‘14 in Video Installation at Times Square
December 15, 2017
Hagari’s piece, Fresh, is one of fifty-six video art works by artists from all over the world to be included in the installation. 24:7 is spearheaded by ZAZ, an Art Collective whose mission is to “use art to engage with the public." 24:7 is ZAZ’s first project, and is organized by Artis, Ayelet Danielle Aldouby, Tzili Charney, Danspace Project, and Tamar Dresdner.
Hagari, who was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, describes his work as “tragicomedies that unfold in absurdist environments.” His installations, sculptures, photography, and video art explore questions of identity and territory, and seek to “dissolve the distinction between theatrical façade and backstage by opening onto spaces where magic, subterfuge, and poetry collide.”
He has had solo exhibitions in Germany, Israel, and Colombia, to name a few, and his video works have been screened at Artists’ Film International, Artists’ Moving Image Festival in London, and the First Austrian American Short Film Festival. Recently, Hagari was a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Artist Residency, where he had a studio on Governor’s Island, and The Fountainhead Residency in Miami.
This spring, Hagari will teach the class, “Print into Motion,” at Columbia, in which undergraduates will learn to “use printmaking techniques to create animation works, optical devices and projections.”