Rona Yefman & Tanja Schlander

Israel – Denmark

Rona Yefman was born in Israel and is a New York based artist working in Photography, Video and Installation. Her work explores social, political and personal issues of identity through a range of human experiences by collaborating with individuals who have formed radical personas that inscribe the iconic and the absurd of our time. She received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, NYC, where she is currently a mentor at the graduate program. Since 1999 Rona has shown her work around the world. Her first Artist Book, Let it Bleed (1995-2010), came out in June 2016 with Little Big Man book, US.

Tanja Schlander works in Copenhagen in the field of sound art, montage, performing and noise, fascinated with radio and tapes as a medium. She has made sound montages for Denmarks National Radio as well as pirate radio tours around Europe. She has performed at different underground art events in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zürich, Tromsoe, Malmö, Istanbul and Barcelona under the name TJ (Tape Jocky). In 2003 she founded the performance duo TWINS and Die Geilen Putzen, which has performed at major international events such as Dada Festwoche in Zürich, and Salzburger Festspiele. Group exhibitions include Post Hiphop at MOHS exhibit, Copenhagen, The Girl Effect at Lombard Freid Gallery, New York, She Devil on Tour at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, and asking we walk, voices of resistance at the Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen

Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World

Video, 3’ 50”, with sound

In Pippi Longstocking, The Strongest Girl in the World (2006), Rona Yefman takes on a geopolitical border. The video shows her collaborator, the artist Tanja Schlander, dressed up as a contemporary version of the character invented in the 1940s by the Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. With her bare hands, Schlander repeatedly attempts to dislodge the concrete wall that separates the West Bank from Israel. In doing so, she conjures the “power of life” by mining the traits of the fictional Pippi, that is, her nonconventional femininity, physical strength, and indignation at injustice. Yefman’s video further reveals unanticipated encounters: local Palestinians encourage Schlander’s efforts to channel Pippi’s strength in the cause of peace.