Melody of Certain Damage #6, 2018, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier, 57” x 39” x 2.5”. Image by Loló Bonfanti

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

Melody of Certain Damage #4, 2018, detail, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier 134.5 x 40 x 2.5 in. Image by Loló Bonfanti

Melody of Certain Damage #3, 2018, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier, 43.5 x 47 in. Image by Loló Bonfanti

Performance on Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 2), 2018
Composed in collaboration with Gabriela Areal, Rose Blanshei, Florencia Curci, Violeta García, Luciana Rizzo, Natalia Spiner, Sarah Strauss Naama Tsabar and Carola Zelaschi. At Faena Art Center Buenos Aires, 2018. Image courtesy of Faena Art. Image by Jorge Miño.

Performance on Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 2), 2018. Image courtesy of Faena Art. Image by Jorge Miño.

Melody of Certain Damage #7, 2018, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier. Image by Jorge Miño

Melody of Certain Damage #7, 2018, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier. Image by Jorge Miño

Performance on Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 2), 2018. Image courtesy of Faena Art. Image by Jorge Miño.

Melody of Certain Damage #10, 2018, detail, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier, 73” x 41” x 3”. Image by Loló Bonfanti

Performance on Melodies of Certain Damage, 2018
Composed and performed by Rose Blanshei, Taja Cheek, Jeanann Dara, Sarah Strauss, Naama Tsabar.
Soluna Dallas festival 2018 photos by Sylvia Elzafon

Melody of Certain Damage #1, 2018, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier, 73”x17”x4”. Image by Chris Stach

Melody of Certain Damage #2, 2018, detail, broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws and amplifier, 39 x 132 x 3 in. Image by Loló Bonfanti

Performance on Melodies of Certain Damage, 2018
Composed and performed by Rose Blanshei, Taja Cheek, Jeanann Dara, Sarah Strauss, Naama Tsabar.
Soluna Dallas festival 2018 photo by Sylvia Elzafon