Ruth Patir uses 3D technology to build an alternative environment where local archeological artifacts exist in a different, new-old reality. Ancient figurines are transferred into a digital space, coming to life with the help of documented movements of real women who activate the ancient bodies of clay. Canaanite fertility figurines dating back to the Second Temple period, “frozen” as fossils holding their breasts for 3000 years, are now given a chance to dance. Zehava1 was made in collaboration with “Gila,” a dance school and ensemble for women of the third age, directed by choreographer Galit Liss. In Patir’s work, the figurines are activated by the movements of dancer Zehava Noy Meir.

Ruth Patir