Pardes (Orchard)

Yael Bartana

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Yael Bartana, Pades (Orchard) (still), 2014. 

e-flux presents Me, You, and Everyone We Know Pardes (Orchard)
Yael Bartana

71 Minutes

August 4–18, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Yael Bartana’s Pardes (Orchard) (2014), streaming from Wednesday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

In Pardes (Orchard), Yael Bartana takes a very personal look at how Westerners seek personal enlightenment by appropriating traditional rituals. She documents the journey of her close friend Michael—an Israeli artist, who, on the one hand, sceptically rejects all organized religion, but on the other hand, is on a constant search for deeper understanding, investigating Kabbalah as well as the cults of the Amazon. Under the guidance of a Brazilian shaman he undergoes the Ayahuasca ritual, taking the psychedelic brew that is said to lead to deep spiritual revelations about the universe and one’s own personality, a feeling described as an experience of rebirth, enlightenment or—in the worst case—as one of the worst trips possible. The once very specific and local ritual becomes an inclusive performance, open for very different needs and cultural backgrounds.

Pardes (Orchard) is presented here as one of six films in Part Four | Frames for Alterity (Ethnography, Human Rights, Class, and Race), the final of four programs in the online series Me, You, and Everyone We Know: Interrelationality, Alterity, Globalization programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The series will run in four thematic parts from June 23 through August 18, 2021. Each part will include a two-week group screening, and a live discussion. The series concludes with a repeat of all films from parts one through four on August 18.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Religion & Spirituality, Film, Performance
Folklore & Tradition, Drugs & Psychedelia, Rituals & Celebrations, Appropriation Art
Return to Part Four | Frames for Alterity (Ethnography, Human Rights, Class, and Race)

Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Israel) is an observer of the contemporary and a pre-enactor. She employs art as a scalpel inside the mechanisms of power structures and navigates the fine and crackled line between the sociological and the imagination. Over the past twenty years, she has dealt with some of the dark dreams of the collective unconscious and reactivated the collective imagination, dissected group identities and (an-)aesthetic means of persuasion. In her films, installations, photographs, staged performances and public monuments, Bartana investigates subjects like national identity, trauma, and displacement, often through ceremonies, memorials, public rituals, and collective gatherings. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and is represented in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.


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