Shahar Tuchner, born 1987, is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Israel. Tuchner is a graduate of the Open Program at Hamidrasha School of art at Beit Berl College (2010).
Tuchner’s art mostly revolves around video-art, installation, sculpture and photography, and often deals with social issues that are on the global agenda such as consumerism, multiculturalism and representations of reality through the media. His video-art works attempt to examine the relations between image, movement and music and the cultural baggage each of these elements contain.
His works have been shown in many group exhibitions at leading galleries and art spaces in Israel and around the world, including: Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (USA), 5th Base Gallery in London, The Wilson – Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum (UK), the Umm el-Fahem Art Gallery, the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Contemporary by Golconda Gallery and Tavi Gallery in Tel Aviv (Israel) and more.
The Thing, 2014, 1:57 mins
An unidentified object is put inside an ostrich ranch and disturbs its peacefulness. To the sounds of the opera “’Carmen”, the ostriches follow the object in an amused, curious and frightened dance, attempting to figure out how it should be treated, until they destroy it in play or self defense. The ostriches’ treatment of the object may be viewed as an analogy to people’s treatment of strangers, immigrants and members of other cultures.