An exhibition of a single work taken from Single Shot, a series of film and video works all shot in a single take.
Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 13 January 2007–Sunday 28 January 2007
In this video, a pomegranate stands out from a backdrop reminiscent of a sixteenth century still life until it is exploded by a high-velocity bullet.
In a carefully composed scene reminiscent of a sixteenth century Juan Sanchez Cotan still life, a pomegranate fruit stands out from a muted, theatrical backdrop. After a few moments, this symbolic fruit is exploded by a high-velocity bullet; seeds spilling from its disintegrating carcass in extreme slow-motion, and with an eerie and terrible beauty.
Pomegranate was part of Single Shot, a series of film and video works all shot in a single take. Single Shot was in venues throughout Manchester, including Cornerhouse, Urbis and Chinese Arts Centre. Some Single Shot pieces also appeared on outdoor screens in the city, or as interventions in other public locations
Ori Gersht was born in Israel, but has lived and worked in London for the last fifteen years; studying for his MA at the Royal College of Art. His work, in both video and photography, has shown extensively in the UK and internationally. Solo exhibitions include: The Clearing at the Photographers’ Gallery, London; History in the Making at Photo España, Madrid; Afterglow at Tate Britain and Pitch at Chisenhale Gallery, London. His work has also featured in major group shows such as Independence at the South London Gallery, and Reality Check, a touring exhibition organised by The British Council and The Photographers’ Gallery. His work is held in a range of national and private collections. Three books have been published on his practice: Afterglow, (August Publications, 2002), Day by Day (Pocko Editions, 2002), and The Clearing (Film and Video Umbrella, 2005).