One Eye Wide Open: Following Zvi Lachman at work| 51mins
Director: Aner Preminger, Ami Drozed | Producer:
Focus Years: | Country: Israel
The film follows Israeli artist Zvi Lachman during the decade 1998-2008. It centers on moments of conversion, which assemble fragments of the cultural past to dramatize â€œdifference,â€ such as the tension between monumental figures and minute daily details, as well as between the "I" and its â€œother.â€ Israeli Jewish identity, which is of paramount significance to Lachman, is seen as emerging from other traditions. These "differences" culminate in an enlightening artistic encounterâ€”never ignoring the politicalâ€”between Lachmanâ€™s masterly portraiture, and Muhammad Aliâ€™s evocative reading of his poem "Thrombosis in the Veins of Petroleum".
Lachmanâ€™s work challenges traditional conceptions of representation as well as accepted codes of religious and cultural identity. American critic Geoffrey Hartman describes Lachman as â€œone of the best, if not the best sculptor working presently in Israel" (NY Arts).