For his solo exhibition at 1646, artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen (b. 1963) shows his newest film Kafka for Kids, which is complemented by his 2017 film The Dust Channel. Rosen’s practice deals with and questions the normative implications that come with desire and structural violence. But he does so through humor and poetic surprises.
The film Kafka for Kids, which was first shown before the jury of the IFFR Tiger Competition, takes the shape of a musical pilot episode of a television series that aims to make Kafka’s tales palpable for toddlers. With these stories’ protagonists including Franz Kafka’s vermin called Samsa, a toy orchestra and The Bearer of Bad News, the film shows the complex and troubling ways of growing up under military law in occupied territories. Certain questions arise on both an emotional and imaginary level, as well as on a legal and political one. What is a child? Until when does a child remain a child?
Rosen’s film will be shown during his solo exhibition Kafka for Kids and The Dust Channel at 1646 from February 11th until March 27th.