Unmade Film: The Proposal is a lecture performance that presents the journey of a film that is impossible to make.
It takes as its starting point the mental hospital Kfar Sha'ul in Jerusalem. Initially specialising in the treatment of Holocaust survivors – including a relative of the artist – it was established in 1951 using the remains of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin that had been depopulated in a massacre by Zionist paramilitaries in April 1948. In the lecture performance the artist reconstructs a narrative of time and space and explores questions around narrative structures and the eventual impossibility of making the proposed film. The live format combines story telling, autobiography, and interrogation with the act of witnessing on the part of the audience.
Unmade Film is a collection of audio-visual works that point to the structure of a film but never fully become one. The different elements evolved over a two year period of research and production through exchanges and collaborations with psychologists, psychiatric nurses, historians, musicians, pupils, amateur actors, curators, artists and others. In this last work of Unmade Film, the artist returns to the very beginning of the project, looking backward and forward at the same time.
Uriel Orlow's practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, drawing and sound. He is known for single screen film works, lecture performances and modular, multi-media installations that focus on specific locations and micro-histories and bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. His work is concerned with spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and forms of haunting. Solo exhibitions include John Hansard Gallery, Southampton; Showroom, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Depo, Istanbul; Les Complices*, Zurich; Centre PasquArt Biel; Spike Island, Bristol; Jewish Museum New York. Orlow's work was also presented at recent survey exhibitions Edinburgh Art Festival, Recent British Artists Film and Video at Tate Britain, London, EVA International Limerick (all 2014), Bergen Assembly and Aichi Triennale (2013), Manifesta 9 (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale, 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (both 2011).