Father, 2002 (video still), video, 14 minutes, sound, courtesy of the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
Doron Solomons' works are closely related to his job as a video editor for Israel's Channel 2 news program. In this work, he explores the meaning of the filmed footage he habitually edits, and the different ways in which they are manipulated and transmitted to the public.
The work Father is concerned with the existential fears shared by Jewish and Palestinian parents, who worry about the physical and psychological dangers to which their children are exposed. The simultaneous use of Hebrew and Arabic voiceover blurs the distinct identities of the speakers, and reveals the common emotions experienced by fathers on both sides of the divide. Solomons uses news images, most of which were left on the floor of the editing room, in order to represent a threatening "reality." A commercial for a safe car symbolically represents the father's urge to protect his children. The artist himself dons a magician's gown that is at once real and metaphorical, and attempts to perform a series of unsuccessful tricks in a futile attempt to protect his daughters from their violent surroundings.
Born in London, 1969; lives and works in Tel Aviv