Benevolence

Karen Russo

Israel 2002, video, col, 13 min

The video Benevolence focuses around the figure of the schemer (played by me) who sets traps for innocent figures, such as children, the elderly and the helpless, thus violating a social taboo. The encounter between the satanic figure of the schemer and these people generates a crisis, providing a catalyst that triggers a process of deterioration. It is an encounter characterized by destructive giving, where the one ties a rope around the others neck. Among other things, the film challenges the prevalent view of the artist as a moral person, highlighting the artist’s manipulative, malicious, criminal facet.” – Karen Russo