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Isabel Rocamora’s Action Movies at the Koffler Gallery

BRITISH-SPANISH VIDEO ARTIST ISABEL ROCAMORA DECODES THE LANGUAGE OF GESTURES AT THE KOFFLER GALLERY

Isabel Rocamora Koffler Gallery

A still from Isabel Rocamora’s Body of War, now on display at the Koffler Gallery (photo: Galeria Senda)

SEPTEMBER 19 TO NOVEMBER 29 Identities, both at the level of individuals and of cultures, are informed by myriad elements. For Isabel Rocamora, some of the more salient of these markers are physical gestures. The British-Spanish filmmaker is known for producing large-scale video installations that focus on the body’s “performative language”—a number of which are now screening at the Koffler Gallery. Precisely choreographed yet free-flowing, movement in these recent works signifies and deconstructs everything from the intimacy of combat (seen in Body of War, which depicts in slow motion soldiers performing krav maga exercises on the beaches of Normandy) to the universality of religious conviction, as with Faith, a triptych juxtaposing the prayer practices of Orthodox Jewish, Orthodox Christian and Sunni Muslim men.  —Craig Moy

• Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., 647-925-0643; kofflerarts.org
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