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Untitled 45 (Zweibahnstraße)
Untitled 24 (Zweibahnstraße)
Untitled 19 (Zweibahnstraße)

Ben Livne Weitzman

Lives and works at Berlin

Born 17/10/1990

Curriculum

Throughout my practice in the field of photography, video, sound, spatial installations, and curating, I find myself in a constant search for evasive moments of encounter. Moments of in-betweenness, which is at times beyond the reach of language, in which a clearing (Lichtung) could open, and an aura might appear. Born in Jerusalem, currently living in Berlin. Exhibitions: The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2017. Curators: Torben Ribe, Stig L. Andersson, Hanna Nilsson, Line Clausen Pedersen. Krappy Kamera Competition (Honorable Mention). Soho Photo Gallery, New York, 2017. Curator: Russell Joslin. Form Follows Funktion, Prince Charles, Berlin, 2017. Self-Curated. Capture The Moment, Galleri Norrsken, Stockholm, 2017 Curators: Daniel Nagy, Alice Maselnikova Zweibahnstraße, Sprachsalon, Berlin, 2016. Self-Curated. OD RA DEK, Pflügerstraße 70, Berlin, 2016 Self-Curated. Hamekarer, Tel Aviv, 2015 Curators: Iris Pshedezki, Gili Zeidman, Omri Ben Arzi 40+08 Art Marathon, Be’er Sehva, 2015 Curators: Or Frish, Michal Lyptsher www.benlw.com

Statement

As part of a research process following the thoughts of Walter Benjamin, I began experimenting with lensless digital photography (single and multi- pinhole), in an attempt to photograph as if from the point of view of the Angelus Novus. The Angel of History, who faces the past with his back to the future, “looks as though he were about to distance himself from something which he is staring at”. He sees the catastrophe in front of him, but cannot pause and repair what was broken, because the storm of progress pushes him away into the future. I call this project Zweibahnstraße (two-way street in german). The duration of exposure mimics the movement of the angel - staring ahead while being pushed away into the future. The attempt is not to capture the decisive moment, since pausing is not a possibility, but the movement itself, while the lack of a focusing apparatus moves the image away from the clear and defined towards the uncertain and fragmented. This fragmentation and distortion, as well as the black and white colour scheme, creates a sort of stop, a caesura, in the everydayness, through which the past can be revealed. Since moving from Jerusalem to Berlin over a year ago, this perspective, this filter, guides my wandering through the city, within the ruins and fragments of history, attempting to turn the (ethical) look back to the forgotten (or, to a forgotten). Trying to open a crack into what was, while Remembering Forward. www.zweibahnstrasse.com

Tina Prize - Roma Artists Tina Prize - Berlin Artists Tina Prize - Bercelona Artists