In the series “Melody of Certain Damage” Tsabar appropriates the iconic and overtly macho trope of breaking the guitar. Tsabar breaks guitars, but not for the public – and the act is not the climax but rather the process, the beginning of the creation. The death of the object becomes the starting point of the new project. Melody of Certain Damage is both a document of her destruction of these guitars and ultimately a proposition for a new kind of instrument, a new sound and way of moving forward for a new creation. She repurposes the remnants of an act of male bravado and violence, reimagining the broken pieces as objects of visual and functional significance. Inserting them back into a new working order, Tsabar makes the remains of what once was, into instruments in their own right.
Taken from text “Instruments with no master” by Zoe Lukov