Sharone Lifschitz

 

The Line and The Circle | 2009 | 19:26 | 4:3

The Line and The Circle traces the artist's journey back to her childhood through the eyes of her mother the photographer. Two women converge upon the darkroom and from within the darkness and tranquility the world of a young Kibbutznik, a pioneer, a mother, a photographer is unveiled. The darkroom becomes a confessional. Confessions spoken in whispers are reciprocated over white photo papers gradually becoming images of a disappearing world. For the mother, the darkroom was a sanctuary, the place where she went to be alone away from the tumult of the kibbutz commune, whereas the daughter remembers the interludes with her mother in the darkroom as the only time that she had her mother to herself. An echo of a nagging memory of kibbutz childhood - the tumult of society on the one hand and the nights spent faraway from mother on the other. The journey of Sharone Lifschitz and her mother slices through three circles: the first is the close one of the private family album; the broader circle is that of the Kibbutz archive which preserves the fabric of kibbutz community life, a moment before the downfall when faced with the waves of capitalism and the determining force of affluent society. The third circle - the broadest - embodies the viewers' collective memory created in a world whose memory was moulded by the photographic image of the mid 20th century.

Text Eyal Perry