Roof, 1974 (film still), 8 mm film, 3:02 minutes, silent, color, courtesy of the artist
In Tamar Getter's work Roof (1974-1975), a figure (Efrat Natan) was filmed moving along the edge of a roof while wearing a long pointed hat, which lends her the appearance of a clownish midget charting its territory. The figure's movement is amplified by the movement of her elongated hat and by the angle of the camera, which creates a markedly foreshortened image.
In Geter's work Golem (1974-1975), Michal Na'aman is seen drawing a circle with her left hand, which she uses as a dial. Na'aman, whose head is wrapped in white fabric, connects a rope to an X marking the center of the circle and coils it around her neck. She looks like a golem of sorts that has been condemned to death, and her appearance underscores the condition of her trapped body. Na'aman's use of her left hand prevents her from skillfully controlling her movements, and constitutes an intentionally self-limiting action.
In her work Kozo Ocamoto Pumpkin-Head (1974-1975), Getter performs a series of futile actions while impersonating a ridiculous version of a Japanese Samurai of sorts. This figure, which resembles a scarecrow, is shown in a series of humiliating situations; it is related to the figure of Kozo Ocamoto, the Japanese terrorist who was involved in the Ben-Gurion airport massacre in 1972. Getter notes that when the character she impersonates writes the sentence "Kozo Ocamoto Pumpkin-Head" on the blackboard, it seems to be attempting to divest itself of blame.
Born in Tel Aviv, 1953; lives and works in Tel Aviv