Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat
Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat (both °1983 in Tel Aviv) have been working in collaboration for several years and are creating works in the Audiovisual field. Living and working in Brussels.
Their works have been produced by Auguste Orts and Argos (BE) and distributed by EYE institute (NL); shown at filmfestivals as IDFA and Rotterdam Film Festival (NL); Courtisane (BE); New Horizons (PL); on television (Arte) and in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (CH); STUK (BE); EMAF (DE) and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts (IL). Their works have won prizes in IMAGES (CA) and Oberhausen Film Festival (DE).
Sirah and Eitan have presented their work as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar (US), and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, L’erg MFA class, Brussels and Bezalel MFA class, Tel Aviv.
Coming from different educational backgrounds – Sirah studied at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), Brussels and Eitan studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam – their work aims to challenge the performative aspects in the moving image. In their latest film Printed Matter and their film/installation Journal they question the spatial and durational potentialities in the reading of photographs that carry a common visual language and historical narratives.
These days Sirah and Eitan are establishing a distribution and production platform together with Pieter Geenen and Robbrecht Desmet.
On a rainy night, a group of young men slowly assemble in a dark parking lot. One by one they appear, greeted by a mutual hug, invoking the intimacy they once shared during their three-year service at the IDF ‘special forces’. Soon, their attention shifts to the concrete lot, where they find a sketch outlining the walls and niches of a contingent building. Equipped with cardboard cylinders to be held as guns, they are requested to “takeover” the ‘house’ with the techniques they exercised so thoroughly during their service. Resuming their combat positions, they meticulously plan the ‘raid’ before going into action.