You Can Only Understand From a Distance

13 April 2016
Einat Amir
I Will Be Your Guide For This Session

Einat Amir

I Will Be You Guide For This Session (2013)

I Will Be Your Guide For This Session is a video installation that originates as a live performance. Taking place in a family room, a bedroom, a workroom, and a dining room. It shows 20 participants divided into 4 groups, each placed in one of the domestic areas and assigned with a group moderator. Each moderator is from a different professional background ranging from psychotherapy to performing arts. The moderators guide separate sessions with their groups. The sessions take place in succession, and while each one occurs, the other three groups observe.

The work offers viewers a unique experience in art, therapy and theatre, and the unusual opportunity to serve as both active protagonists and passive observers. The project also introduces a relationship between video and performance art in which each component is a separate work based on the same concept. The video installation presents the “director’s vision” of the performance: shot in a film studio, directed, and edited. The live performance, in contrast, is unpredictable and dependent on audience participation and collaboration.

The performance creates a controlled environment in which one comes across authentic encounters between people who are encouraged to use personal stories and memories to deal with unresolved issues, form momentary intimate connections with strangers, and reveal themselves in unexpected ways.

I Will Be Your Guide For This Session was presented in New York on November 2013 as one of the eight premieres of PERFORMA13, the fifth biennial for visual art performance in New York City. Other premieres included works by Joan Jonas and Jerome Bel among others. I Will Be Your Guide For This Session was also shown at the Petach Tikva Museum in Israel, from October 2013 through January 2014.

Panel Discussion

The Screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 7:30pm.

The artist will be engaging in a live Q&A session via WhatsApp. On behalf of the artist, TRIAD invites you to submit your questions to Einat who will answer them live during the opening. Simply visit the Facebook link below and inbox message your number to TRIAD and it will be added to the WhatsApp group where you’ll be able to chat live with the artist!

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About the artist 

Einat Amir works in the medium of video installation and live performance. She received her MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2009. Amir’s work is infused by a great interest in contemporary social-political issues. She aims to set reality against fiction and confronts the viewer with choices, encouraging her audience to shape their own destiny and set their own limits. Amir’s work has been shown at; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; PERFORMA13, New York; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Kitchen, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde; VOLTA, Basel; VOLTA, NY; Scaramouche Gallery, New York; Winzavod Art Center, Moscow; Bergen Kunsthall; Dallas Contemporary Art Center, Texas; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Haifa Museum of Art Israel; Bat Yam Museum of Art, Israel; Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv; CareOf gallery, Milan; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; MLAC, Rome; Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö; Städtische Galerie, Bremen; Scope Art Fair (featured project), presented by Triad, Miami and Digital Art Center, Hulon.

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