Rachel Hirsch Photography
Hide and Seek, Site specific installation, Artirts' House, Tel Aviv, 2007

Q: What did you use to construct this installation?
A: Lots of boxes that I collected in the neighborhood of my studio: cookie boxes, milk containers and bigger boxes…

Q: What’s so interesting about boxes?
A: They create small models that have a front and back. I 'sail' with the brush, marking options: here a table, there a shower, maybe a window.

Q: And the colors?
A: A shade of pink on black background. It creates a unity, as if all are equal, without hierarchy. Large place or small one – they can be exchanged. A hidden corner is sometimes more important than a central room.

Q: Who are the figures? Is there a story behind it all?
A: The figures belong to my memory reservoir, various people I’ve met, on the bus, in my childhood, in a variety of places. I can’t really identify them, yet I feel I know them. They are from here, from this country, kids and adults, but I know no more. The same applies to the story – I know its there, but I’ve not found its details. I think they are unnecessary, because one can reconstruct the area, the atmosphere, the music and tone.

Q: You build site-specific installations and then destroy them. Please explain.
A: Right. I feel that everything is given in a time and place, in a context. It does not exist in a vacuum. The site-specific construction creates a pedantic relationship between all components in time and space. Things suit the situation, in which everything occurs. The situation of an exhibition site is like that of a concert hall. It allows concentrated listening. Everyday life also offers such opportunities, for example when one has a personal conversation, a real dialog. It is part of human experience. It can take place in our little corner, if we create the right acoustics, site specific acoustics.
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