(June 7, 2022, JNS Wire) On the heels of a hugely success premiere at the Biennale Arte 2022 and a special video installation at Soho House in Rome, London-based Israeli artist and filmmaker Eva Lanska will participate in a special charity auction in support of United Hatzalah of Israel, the country’s largest independent, non-profit, fully volunteer emergency medical service.
The NFT Collection of Lanska’s The Existential Choice, a choreographic photograph and video installation, will be auctioned off at an exclusive charity event, alongside works by Yuval Mahler, Lorenzo Agius and Michel Ghatan, in London on the evening of June 9, 2022.
“I’m honored to participate in this charitable event in support of United Hatzalah,” comments Lanska. “My NFT Collection of The Existential Choice explores the theme of the Sisterhood Movement, having a metaphorical and symbolic connotation. The titles of my works describe hidden feelings and are expressed in numbers, representing a gematria of various words translated from Hebrew.”
In the multimedia installation, Lanska captures movement to convey symbolic meaning. By dramatizing the relationship between two ballerinas, she highlights the socio-ethical sacrifices that dancers continually face. As the epitome of femininity, the ballerinas represent womankind more broadly, with the video acting as a parable for the pressures on women to betray one another in their rise to the top.
About Eva Lanska – The musicality between gesture and dialogue is what drew Eva Lanska to filmmaking. She trained at London Film Academy and London Institute of Photography, and draws on her experiences living in Paris, Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, as well as her upbringing in Moscow. Influenced by classic Italian filmmakers such as Fellini and Antonioni, plus the expressive virtuosity of prima ballerinas she saw at the Bolshoi Theatre as a child, she works either in black and white or elegant muted colors, using stylized camerawork to refer to tradition and continuity. Women’s rights are one of Lanska’s core concerns in her creative endeavours and she has long campaigned for a film industry in which a woman’s age, nationality or origin cease to be barriers to a career in cinema. Lanska’s first short, Okay, Mum, about domestic violence, won Best Picture at Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected for Short Film Corner at Cannes 2017. Centering around the complex issues facing women internationally, her work finds different ways of intertwining this core priority with related themes such as interfaith marriage (short film Little French Fish, 2020) and transcending stereotypes (documentary The Abraham Accords Change History: Women in the Middle East, 2021). Forbes interviewed her as “one to watch” in 2020 and she’s received awards or nominations from over thirty film festivals. Her upcoming feature film Bardot, based on the life of Brigitte Bardot, is signed with NoW Films.
Photos Courtesy of Eva Lanska.