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Roee Rosen: The Confessions of Roee Rosen

The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008) is a multi-video project revolving around an hour-long film. This central work features three illegal female foreign workers who deliver in turn a monologue conveying the artist’s fantasies and histories – his “confessions.” Feeding on the morphology of commercial cinema, the other related works are a trailer, a bonus track and a gag reel. In fact, those familiar with Roee Rosen’s work would readily agree that he has a lot to repent for. There is nothing deceitful, self-aggrandizing or even exaggerated about his opening manifesto, in which “he” (that is Roee Rosen1) states: “Those of you who heard of me know that I have built my entire career on lies, scandals, obscene pictures, fake identities. I have pretended not to be myself.” However, faithful as it is to his longstanding tactics of chicanery and impersonation, The Confessions of Roee Rosen hardly stands to atone for his sins: be it because as a Jew confession does not guarantee him a place in Heaven; be it because he is about to keep on lying throughout his confession.

Curator: Sergio Edelsztein

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