Limerick - Limerick City

Yonit Kosovske

Hevel - Still Life Photography


Hevel הבל

An art project created during the COVID-19 lockdown, Hevel is a short film featuring original still life photography inspired by the Baroque vanitas paintings symbolising the ephemerality of life and transience of earthly pleasures. Hevel is a slow moving, silent and visual meditation responding to the surreal, stressful yet spiritual experience of staying home during a pandemic when emotions ran the gamut: fear, anxiety, sadness and hope. Time seemed to expand and slow down, allowing for introspection and an exploration in search of beauty and the sacred found in ordinary objects around the house: neglected instruments, broken strings, dusty music scores, animal skulls, Venetian masks, rotting fruit, wilted tulips, a neighbour’s quail eggs, bird feathers, heirloom jewellery and dead flies on the window sill.

The Latin expression Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas (Vanity of vanities, everything is vanity) is a common translation of Ecclesiastes 1:2 and 12:8, the original of which is in Hebrew:

הבל הבלים אמר הקוהלת הכל הבל

(Havel havalim, amar HaKohelet, hakol havel).

While the Hebrew word הבל (havel or hevel) can indeed be interpreted as vanity or futility, meaningless, or even nonsense, it can also mean breath, vapour, or impermanence. Thus another translation could be: “Breath of breaths, says Kohelet, everything is fleeting.” While our existence on Earth may be temporary, and our days may be numbered, our lives are anything but futile. On the contrary, they have meaning—every breath, utterance, and action.

Yonit Kosovske: photography, artistic direction

Vlad Smishkewych: gaffer, grip

Roisín Berg: animation

Time: 3pm - 12pm

Genres: Digital Art / Film / Photography / Visual Art

No Booking Required

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