is a culmination of Tali Keren
’s ongoing research on Judeo-Christian ideology and the military-industrial complex. Juxtaposing Thomas Jefferson’s rejected design from 1776 for the Great Seal of the United States with FLIR’s Systems Inc. FC-R thermal camera, Keren underscores the inherent relation between American national myths, religious beliefs, and the quest for power and control.
The re-creation and manipulation of Jefferson’s rejected design – depicting the Biblical story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt in which America serves as the “New Zion” – through a heat-based performative sculpture, allows Keren to explore the effects of thermal surveillance methods on bodies and mediascapes.
(b. 1982, Jerusalem living and working in Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been shown in museums and art spaces in the United States, Israel and Europe. Keren received her B.F.A. from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2006) and earned an MFA from Columbia University, New York (2016).