Artist and cinematographer Joseph Dadoune's solo exhibition, "Sion," presents a trilogy of cinematic works: Universes, chanti, and Sion. The key work in the exhibition is the film Sion starring actress Ronit Elkabetz. The film was created in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and makes its world premiere in the current show.
A photographer, video artist and director, who in the past presented works in diverse media: photography, video and installation, in recent years Dadoune has focused on the cinematic medium. He is the first Israeli director with whom the Louvre has collaborated, granting him permission to film Sion inside the Parisian museum.Dadoune's films portray an ongoing odyssey between mental realms and various geographical realms in Israel and Europe, between childhood landscapes in the town of Ofakim and Mediterranean vistas, between Negev landscapes and realms of sanctity and mysticism, between East and West. The cinematic trilogy, Sion progresses along an axis that strives to generate a personal and artistic identity, while attempting to contain various dissonances between West and East, secularism and religious observance, external appearances and latent personal codes.The first film in the trilogy, Universes (2000-03), is a self-portrait that proceeds as a quest toward a physical experience and a mental world of images with a regularity of its own. The film brings together the experience of sequestering underlying the town of Ofakim, the artist's childhood domain, and refers to the destitution and solitude from a unique personal perspective, which consciously and overtly skips from daily plights through the choice of nature to inspiring biblical vistas, where the artist applies various rituals to his body and surroundings, yearning to return to the archaic, primordial, and mystical as a protective, uplifting locus.
The work introduces feelings of guilt pertaining to mother-son relations, a "rebellious and stubborn son"; a search and an attempt to stitch the rifts of private-personal existence of an identity split between Israeliness and Europeanism, Orient and Occident, secularism and faith.