Jane Benson: Two Videos

May 7-Jul. 3, 2016
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Jane Benson’s poignant two-channel video Finding Baghdad is about geo-cultural displacement, a topic particularly relevant today in the wake of the largest mass migration since World War II.

The video features two Iraqi brothers who escaped from Baghdad in the early 2000s; one to Cologne, Germany and the other to Sanad, Bahrain. The video begins with images of two traditional Iraqi instruments, an oud and a djoze, as they are split into two parts. The brothers play a duet, originally streamed over Skype, on their halves of the instruments that is shown on two separate screens. The distance between the brothers is poetically bridged if only for a moment.

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Jane Benson, stills from Finding Baghdad (Part A), 2015. Dual channel video and audio track, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.

Jane Benson, stills from Finding Baghdad (Part A), 2015. Dual channel video and audio track, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.