Lost Padress - Maybe Paradise

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Lost Parderss - Maybe Paradise, videostill

The video work “Lost Pardess - Maybe Paradise”, refers to the commercial brand of "Jaffa Oranges", which became a symbol of Israeli pride, modernity and prosperity since the first settlers arrived at the beginning of the 20th century in the Middle East. This commercial and cultural advertisement had the power to formulate a new reality for the Israeli people, by depicting the agricultural success of transforming the dessert into a fruitful place, as a miraculous achievement. Meanwhile the Palestinian side that owned most of the orchards before they were taken from them after 1948, remained in the shadow. No light was shed on the cooperative life which jews and arabs held in the citrus industry before ́48. This working reality was replaced by a romantic idealization of a new Middle East that exports civilized products to Europe. The Persian, Arabic and Hebrew name for orange orchard is ‘Pardess’, and maybe influenced the origin of the word Paradise.

Special Thanks to

Frederica Partinico,

Tarkan Hannibal Daldaban, 

Jorma Foth

 https://vimeo.com/259653945

pass: lost pardess maybe paradise

Duration 16:45 min. 

Camera

Felix Große-Lohmann  

Music 

Nachum Gutman - That's the way to eat an Orange

Shlishiyat Gesher Hayarkon - Golden Apple

Rachel Bluwstein - El Artzi

Shows

Grpup Show - Kinobag by  Gärtnergasse at BELVEDERE 21. Museum of Contemporary Vienna, Austria.

Solo show - NKV extra 

Group show - Marres Currents #5: I Spy, I Spy a little lie

Group show - The Private Desk

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Lost Pardess - Maybe Paradise,Video onTV / Johanna Odersky,The Comfortable Ones, Metal sculpture / Johanna Odersky and Nadia Perlov, Sun Dog, Foil on window, Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 2017.

Photo by Ivan Murzin

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BELVEDERE 21. Museum of Contemporary Art 

with Gärtnergasse, Vienna, Austria 2019. 

Installation shot by Manuel Carreon Lopez

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Lost Pardess - Maybe Paradise,Video onTV / Johanna Odersky,The Comfortable Ones, Metal sculpture / Johanna Odersky and Nadia Perlov, Sun Dog, Foil on window, Marres Currents #5, I Spy, I Spy a little lie, Marres Huis voor Hedendaagse Cultuur, Maastricht, Holland 2018. 

Installation shots by Nadia Perlov