Oz Belev Yam - Recess, New York - 2011
During his premiere US solo presentation, Shvil will adapt the residency room into a set and production studio for his installation and video piece, Benni – Engage and Control.
Shvil will stage and film a series of actions featuring two archetypes: the presenter/officer and the soldier/anti-terror specialist. Both characters will be played by the artist and serve as extensions of the architectural structure and psychology of the built physical environment.
The specificity of Shvil’s architecture, dialogue and costume will create a language exclusive to the production. The repetition of words, props and costume echo tropes of television, high fashion and combat rhetoric, generating an unsettling critique of the traditional dichotomies of good and evil, terror and security.