Promised Land — a collection of works

[ Français ]

A series of art works: consisting of photographs, objects and digi­tally hand­written texts, dedi­cated to Ela Ury

Edition of 7

DVD 200 Euros

A DVD projec­tion of image and sound, English Version 33 minutes, German Version 40 minutes, has also been produced.

Promised Land: Beelze­bu­larin was awarded a commen­da­tion in the Inter­na­tional Jewish Artists of the Year Awards, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art (GB) 10.3.2007

Trailer 4 Minutes

Promised Land, about Ury’s family and the prob­lem­atic of Israeli poli­tics, encom­passes art works and biogra­phies that scru­ti­nise Israel’s history: 2 perspec­tives from 2 gener­a­tions of different eras, the contem­po­rary view and the biblical with creative license.

1. Tanya Ury an Anglo/​German, Jewish artist writing and making art about the Shoah and its after­math while living in Germany, tells her story.

2. Sylvia Ury’s story as told by Tanya. Sylvia fled with her Jewish parents from Nazi Germany to England as a child. As a young woman, in Pales­tine she decided to stay and fight in the War of Inde­pen­dence in Pales­tine; hundreds of thou­sands of Pales­tinians were displaced during the Israeli/​Arab wars of 1948 and 1967, who still wish to return to and live in Israel.

3. Bezalel Ben Uri is the artist who constructed the holy objects for Moses’ new monotheist God while still almost a child.

4. In this imag­ined tale, Uri ben Hur suspects that his son Bezalel may have assisted Aaron, Moses’ brother, in the creation of the golden calf. Uri points out the incon­sis­ten­cies in Moses’ Law when promoting the case for murder and acqui­si­tion of another’s prop­erty in the conquest of the Promised Land.

concrete – a collec­tion of works (including poetry series)


Concept, text, perfor­mance and voice over: Tanya Ury

Text editor: Amin Farzanefar

German trans­la­tion Gelobtes Land: Tanya Ury and Amin Farzanefar

Camera: David Janecek

Digital processing: Claudia Stasch

DVD edit: Rainer Nelissen

DVD image correc­tion Pixel2motion — crossmediadesign


Moses and Monotheism, An Outline of Psycho-Analysis and Other Works, Sigmund Freud 1937 – 40, Vintage, The Hogarth Press UK, 2001 ISBN 0099426781

Precar­ious Life — The Powers of Mourning and Violence, Judith Butler, 2004 publ. Verso, ISBN 1 84467 005 8

Andreas Kilcher: The Moses of Sinai and the Moses of Egypt. Moses as Magi­cian in Jewish Liter­a­ture and Western Esoteri­cism. In: Aries. Journal for the Study of Western Esoteri­cism. Edited by Roland Edighoffer, Antoine Faivre and Wouter J. Hane­graaff. 4, Heft 2 (2004), S. 148 – 170. Leiden (NL)

New English Bible


The Trailer is an extract colla­tion from different parts of the video.

[ Polish ]

Promised Land


2005 (2 – 18.12.) DVD Version, group exhi­bi­tion, Traum und Trauma — Zur Idee des Staates Israel in Film und Video, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Dream and Trauma — On the Idea of the State of Israel in Film and Video) (D) 

2005 (7.12) Seminar & trailer, Confer­ence: Jüdische Frauen in Geschichte und Gegen­wart (Jewish Women in the Past and Present), Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Wesseling nr. Bonn (D) 

2006 (27.2) Peer Critique, trailer, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum (GB) 

2006 (5.4.) Profes­sional Prac­tice Seminar with trailer, Fine Art Depart­ment, Sheffield Hallam Univer­sity (GB) 

2006 (6.4) Trailer presented in Seminar within Cathy Gelbin’s PhD. Confer­ence course: Gender and Visual Arts, Holo­caust Studies, Royal Holloway, London (D) 

2006 (6.5. – 18.6.) Jahre­sausstel­lung (Yearly exhi­bi­tion), Kunstverein Rosen­heim (D) 

2006 (10.5) Körper­bilder (Body Images), seminar and video trailer, Kunstverein (Art Centre) Dort­mund (D) 

2006 (14.8) Promises: DVD projec­tion, solo exhi­bi­tion, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum (GB) 

2006 (29.8. – 31.8.) DVD projec­tion, group exhi­bi­tion, c.sides festival, Inter­na­tional Conven­tion Center, Jerusalem and projec­tion with discus­sion, Jerusalem Cine­math­eque, evening of 29.8. (IL) 

2006 (6.10. – 27.10) Promised Land: 3 photographs: Beelze­bu­larin and 2 digi­tally hand­written texts in English and German, Virtual Resi­dency, Galeria Biala, Centrum Kultury, Lublin (PL) 

2007 (23.3.) On the online Femi­nist Art Base: www​.brook​lyn​mu​seum​.org… audio extract (English) from Promised Land„ The Eliz­a­beth A. Sackler Center for Femi­nist Art, The Brooklyn Museum, New York (USA) 

2007 (10.3.) Promised Land: Beelze­bu­larin awarded a commen­da­tion in the Inter­na­tional Jewish Artists of the Year Awards, Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art (GB) 

2007 (11.3. – 9.4.) Group exhi­bi­tion, DVD projec­tion, Connected, opening 12 am, Jewish Cultural Days, Altes Museum im BIS-Zentrum (Old Museum in the BIS Centre), Moenchenglad­bach www​.connected​-mg​.de (D) 

2007 (6.1116.12) Opening 5th November, ending 16th December, Promised Land DVD, group exhi­bi­tion Dias­pora and Trou­bles curated by Tanya Ury, Kunst­bunker Tumulka, Munich (D) 



2008 (27.1) Screening with discus­sion, Anadoma Film/Video-Festival (25. – 27.1), Lot-Theater, Braun­schweig www​.anadoma​.de/ (D)

2009 (30.43.5) 17.30 hours — 1st May, screening of Promised Land (German version) with discus­sion, Limmud Festival, Werbellinsee, Jugen­der­hol­ungs- und Begeg­nungsstätte (Youth Relax­ation and Meeting Place) (D)

Publi­ca­tions & Press

2005 (12) Inter­view Isabella Herskovics, Saar­ländis­ches Radio (D) 

2005 (4.12) Inter­view Dominik Rzepka, Radio Dom, Cologne (D) 

2006 (5.2006) Image of Beelze­bu­larin in Jahre­sausstel­lung (yearly exhi­bi­tion) cata­logue, Kunstverein Rosen­heim (Art Centre), (D) 

2006 (26.8) Inter­view with Aron Hadar and image: Promised Land: Beelze­bu­larin, Ha’aretz (IL) 

2008 (9) Promised Land: 3 photographs: Beelze­bu­larin and 2 digi­tally hand­written texts in English and German, Virtual Resi­dency cata­logue ISBN 9783981220803 (D) www.virtual-residency.…

2008 (11) Beelze­bu­larin discussed in article on Tanya Ury (in German) by Hartmut Bomhoff with image of Beelze­bu­larin, Jüdische Zeitung (monthly), Berlin (D) article as PDF


2009 (1) Anadoma Film/Video-Festival, Braun­schweig cata­logue, discus­sion with Florian Krautkrämer on the video Promised Land (pdf) (D)

2009 (4) Image of Beelze­bu­larin in Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (USA)

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