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OYORAM

born Jerusalem 1951

OYORAM

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Paris-based artist Oyoram (aka Yorame Mevorach) founded his company Cine Tfoo-Films Hors Ecran in 1993, renamed Films Hors Ecran/Off-Screen Motion Pictures in 2003, inventing a new visual landscape by replacing conventional media screens with objects. Since 2007, when he imagined into creation “virtual windows” in the famous rotunda Dior Avenue Montaigne, Oyoram has designed monumental visual moving fresques for Dior.

Born in Jerusalem, Oyoram moved to Paris in 1980 after graduating from Beit Zvi School of Film and the Performing Arts and attended Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. By 1984, he had established his reputation as producer and director with the legendary satirical French magazine, Hara Kiri/Charlie Hebdo and created the first original fiction made for the emergent video-cassettes market in France (a box office success). As an activist artist, the young Oyoram collaborated on programs for the early “Free Television” experiments in Paris. This was followed by writing and directing short films co-produced and broadcast on European television.

Pierre-Henri Deleau, co-founder la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs” at the Cannes Festival, said that Oyoram’s art, “leaves open the question as to whether he is a poet making films or a filmmaker making poetry.”

His visual art work has been commissioned by prestigious companies including Cartier, Van Cliff & Arpel, Sony, and Louis Vuitton.

Oyoram’s visual inventions have included small eye-glass lenses used to reveal the wearer’s subjective viewpoint to a 15 meter high clock, a spectacular metaphor dramatizing time as a circus ring. A designer, script-writer, and director, Oyoram experiments with immersive cinematic experiences as in the 2003 traveling exhibit Diamonds and the Power of Love shown in Tokyo, Las Vegas and Paris, featuring 11 mannequins brought to life by the magic of image- projection. In Retrophobies, a composition of 26 films simultaneously playing on large screens, Oyoram fused art and technology to invent “Vunettes” for an individual audio-visual experience in a public space. He also pioneered the seamless mix of painted canvas and moving images in Double You See, a traveling exhibition shown in 2006-2007  in Paris and Hamburg.

Oyoram is married to Katya Gibel Mevorach, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. Traveling together between Iowa and France has accommodated their two vocations.

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

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