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Gili Lavy

MA work


The five Lusan siblings are on a journey back from the sacred burial mound where they have just cremated their father’s body. The film depicts the siblings coping with loss within their religious constraints. Their father’s loss is an absence that never leaves them, a tangible tension that speaks to impending tragedies and events that are sensed rather than seen. Leomn is the spoken language of the film. Like the setting and the belief, it too is a construct. 

Absence is a film about the journey back to oneself, the challenges and hardships encountered along this road, and the very real possibility of finding the presence within the absence, the life within death. 

"Our Father, Father Slavok,                                     "Ley Haadan, Haadan Slavok. 

Now from this earthly cinders,                                 Noya yon lannee eordishen hemmkashree, 

We will cherish your existence forever and ever.    Lam Aadia yey speyishna geryna'am. 

If then, we have died with you,                                Mo jam Lam doornak haa ka dee            

We shall also live with you,                                     Mo jam Lam doornak haa ka dee,

among our mortal bodies                                        Mo Lam mahya ka dee Jawoona'am                                                                                             Dyema Ley  doornenna klaythee 

through our immortals souls.                                   Vya ley nyedoornenna sayanyetee.

Sako."                                                                      Sako."


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2016



  • My work is based upon social dynamics, researching the philosophical aspect of the meaning of 'existence' in different cultures and religions. Mainly influenced by anthropology and the border between cultural groups and individuals. 

    My art work is making a use of religious rituals, by their historical origins of a certain period of time, and shifting it in to its contemporary alternative. Through fragments of time and tension between fiction and reality my body of work encourages to sense the drama, witness the post drama, and stimulate the empty void and the quiet moments of the unsaid.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem.; Exchange student/ Hongik University Seoul, South Korea.
  • Exhibitions

  • Whitechapel Gallery screening event 2016 ; Art Basel 2016; CAFA Museum of Art Beijing 2016; Offprint Tate Modern 2015/6; The Belo Horizonte International Photography Festival Brazil 2015 ; The Jerusalem Artists Hous Solo Show 2015 ; Art Dubai RCA Secret, Group Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.; Neu/Now Art Festival 2015; Featured Artist, Prix Europa Berlin Film Festival, Germany. 2015; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art Israel 2015; Art Dubai RCA Secret, Group Exhibition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.; CCA TLV, The Center for Contemporary Art, ‘Videocracy’ Video Group Exhibition, Israel. ; The European League of Institutes of the Arts, Elia Online Art Festival, Glasgow, Scotland. 2014; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, ‘Feminine Video Art’ Group Exhibition, Israel.
  • Awards

  • Mario Merz Prize 2017; Shortlisted, Spectrum Artists Moving Image 2016; Shortlisted, New Contemporaries 2016; Shortlisted, Blooom Award by Warsteiner, Germany, 2015