Physical Object Description:3 core pieces, 5 additionals elements.
Dimensions:dimension variable cm
Credit:Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, funded by the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Towner Eastbourne and the Contemporary Art Society, 2014
Ownership history:Purchased from the artist by the Contemporary Art Society, funded by the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Towner Eastbourne, 2014; presented by Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2014
The Short and the Long of It is a multi-part installation based on an event that is mostly absent from official histories: the failed passage of 14 international cargo ships through the Suez Canal on 5 June 1967. Caught in the outbreak of the Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria, it took eight years before the ships were able to leave the canal when it re-opened in 1975. While stranded, the Cold War political allegiances of the multi-national crews were dissolved and gave way to a form of communal survival and the establishment of a new social system.
Although the focus and starting point of this work is a real event, Orlow is more interested in providing interpreted insights rather than revealing the whole picture through a purely archival presentation. Using a range of media, including film, slide projections, and photography, he encourages the viewer to engage with the event through the layers and components of his work.
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