© 2019 by Gabriella Willenz​

A MONUMENT FOR ALL THOSE TIMES WHEN EVERYTHING DIDN'T CHANGE  

A Monument For All Those Times When Everything Didn't Change (Cairns), cement, sand, dimensions variable, 2018 

Israel has almost 3,000 memorial monuments for fallen soldiers. Whether state built or private endeavors, this is an enormous number taking into account the size of the country and population. Using (broken) concrete blocks applied by military and police forces to prevent movement, to create trail-marker cairns my monument points to the obstruction of the peace process and lack of leadership that can change our course. Choosing to remember these moments of failure of the peace process and not only the casualties of the wars asks to steer the conversation towards the utmost necessity of finding ways out of this deadlock. 

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A Monument For All Those Times When Everything Didn't Change (Soundscape), four-channel sound piece, 16 min., Adhan, Sirens, Shalom-Aleichem and Lecha Dodi, 2018 

This soundscape weaves together four types of sounds heard on speakers in public spaces in Israel: the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer), the "Saturday siren" (a Jewish religious custom announcing Saturday eve), memorial day sirens and sirens warning of an incoming rocket. Investigating the diverse aspects that affect the formation of a collective consciousness and worldview, in this piece, I’m interested in considering the soundscape I grow up in and its subconscious messaging. At times the sounds in the piece coexist, even harmoniously, sometimes create points of friction or competition by overpowering each other, while the piece begins and ending with the silencing sound of bereavement and commemoration. Any Israeli - Muslim, Jewish, Christian or other-knows that armed struggle, war, communization, religion, and religious tension are at the heart of the tense existence in Israel.