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The Heritage Trail.

ISRAELI artist David Schocken a consultant at a business strategy and branding firm that works for wealthy clients on a tight schedule and a big budget.

a marked contrast, the art works he creates are abstract, historical and anthropological in nature. But Schocken believes in polarity. "I cannot do without either my day job or my art work.

Choosing only one of these two worlds wouldn't feel right." Polarity, no wonder, is the underlying theme of his upcoming exhibition, 'Heritage', held in association with the Embassy of Israel and Instituto Cervantes.

Studying the many interpretations of the word 'heritage', what left of things, relationships, cultures and their impact on the modern world, he cannot help but use the metaphor of a magnet, tipping between opposite poles.

In one of the videos on display, Schocken is seen collecting rusty tin cans left in a desert 100 years ago by Australian soldiers. "While cleaning the desert of this 'heritage', I cannot help notice that as long as these are not crumbled, the cans retain their natural attraction to magnates," he explains, adding, "When does heritage lose its attraction, its pulling power?" In another installation piece, Schocken hangs an old British tea pot with strings and magnets. "The teapot was a status symbol for the old British society, but what is its value now that it has a crack in it? It reminds one of the impacts of the British rule on Israel," says the Tel Avivbased artist, who finds interesting resemblances between Israel and India's colonial heritage.

A traveller at heart, Schocken draws inspiration from an escalator in Hong Kong, a suspension bridge in India, tin cans in a Middle East desert or a meeting room in China.

"The suspension bridge ( in Rishikesh) with its endless flow of people, cows, monkeys, motorbikes and bicycles connects two points of interest -- and reflects those very principles that are seen in my other works, especially in those with the magnets and strings", he adds.

Schocken, who has also lived in Shantiniketan ( West Bengal) learning about traditional crafts, masters at telling the most poignant tales through the simplest tools. At the end of the exhibition, one is sure to be left battling several questions: How do modern media, Facebook and Google influence the concept of heritage? Does heritage enable, or does it suffocate and place a burden? What do we truly leave behind us? 'Heritage' will be on display at Instituto Cervantes from June 14

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Date:Jun 13, 2014

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