A DOCUMENTARY MUSICIAL
Locked: Explores the interrelations Between Performance, Body art, Theater and Activism. The Project deals with the labour of memory of the holocaust and its praxis within the collective Israeli's psyche of our present time.
At 02.06.2017 the Artist entered ‘The Foundation for Holocaust Survivors office in Israel’, and locked himself by the neck to the president’s desk. This act was intended to protest the bureaucratic maze into which the survivors are thrown while suffering neglect in times of great need for aid - as Ariel Bronz's father, a holocaust survivor, experienced firsthand. In the following years, at each Israeli Memorial Day for the Holocaust, Ariel locked himself to central memorial monuments; in 2017 to the ''Knesset- Menorah'' (Benno Elkan), In 2018 to "Monument to the Holocaust and Revival" (Igael Tumarkin), in 2019 to the "Uprise" (Menashe Kadishman). By doing so the artist try to disrupt the white-wash issues and challenge the debate about the holocaust, in the public sphere and the media.
By 2020 Bronz directs - "Locked". A documentary musical. a staged reconstruction of the first time he locked himself to that office desk, as recorded on his phone. The reality of the event is subverted by tailoring the play as a musical Emphasizing the extant of absurd in the official Israeli engagement with survivors. The play deals with questions of political activism when it leaves the public space and enters the theater.
In the present Ariel is developing a work in progress, a public space piece, portraying a fictional sport channel that covers a ground digging competition in neighborhoods public spaces that where concentration camps, resembling the activity inside the concentration camps of second world war. The work trace the lines between activism, performance and commemoration.