The Wandering Israeli, 2019. HD Video, color and sound.18min
Dr. Rotem Rozental, Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles
Rodrigo Valenzuela, Artist and Assistant Professor of Photography, UCLA, Los Angeles
The Wandering Israeli is an experimental documentary examining how identities shift in response to cultural settings. Through historical references and personal memories Dothan challenged the ability of an Israeli- a descendant of the wandering Jew- to abandon the stronghold of the “dream come true” homeland and start wandering again. Dothan travels through Germany, Israel and America as part of a quest to uproot and move away from the “promised land”. Found footage of newsreels and propaganda clips are interwoven with conversation between Dothan and her family about immigration and the significance of being an Israeli living outside of Israel. The Wandering Israeli is both a reflection and challenge on the notion of home and the ways in which it determines our individual and collective identities.
The Wandering Israeli is the first in a series comprising a three-part video project.
The Wandering Israeli is supported by: Word-Bruce Geller Memorial Prize, awarded by the Institute for Jewish Creativity, American Jewish University; The Frederick R. Weisman Travel Grant, UCLA; Artis Residency grant; and The Philip & Muriel Berman Foundation.
Shasha Dothan (b. 1987 Tel-Aviv) is a Los Angeles-based artist working with video, installation, poetry and sound. She creates immersive experiences that connect fragments of her personal history with the history of Israel. Exhibitions include the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petah Tikva; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; Erica Broussard Gallery, Santa Ana; American Jewish University, Los Angeles; Jerusalem Cultural Season, Jerusalem; and University at Buffalo Art Galleries, Buffalo. Dothan received an MFA from University of California Los Angeles (2018), and a BFA from Shenkar College (2013). Awards and scholarships include the John Baldessari Family Foundation Scholarship (2017-18); Young Artist Award from the Israeli Ministry of culture (2018); Word prize from AJU; and the Artis residency grant for Vermont Studio center. She is a founding member of the art collective Anti Mehikon.