Jewish-Israeli Artists in Relation to Politics
Exhibition: 7 March - 27 April 2003
March 6th, 2003
Israel: a permanent hotspot
of military crisis, with which Austria and Germany has a special connection
through a shared history.
How are echoes of one's own
victim status as a Jewish artist articulated in positions on politics
with respect to the Palestinians? How can objections to one-dimensional
constructions of identity be formulated without turning a blind eye
to one's own respective position in society?
How are criticism, dissidence, resistance, alienation and mental destabilization
expressed? Which visual languages are appended or opposed to mass media
This exhibition represents
an attempt to counter the latent encroachment of anti-Semitic undertones
in the criticism of the current politics of the state of Israel, which
can be observed in European debates, with a differentiation. An information
display conveying political and economic facts, a film program and a
symposium complete the project.
Tal Adler (Tel Aviv),
Oreet Ashery (London), Yael Bartana (Amsterdam), Daniel Bauer (Tel Aviv),
Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv), Tirtza Even (New York City), Meir Gal (New York
City), Horit Herman Peled (Tel Aviv), Dana Levy with Marc Lafia and
Didi Fire (Tel Aviv), Avi Mograbi (Tel Aviv), Adi Nes (Tel Aviv), Yigal
Nizri (Tel Aviv), Maria Pomiansky (Tel Aviv), Guy Raz (Tel Aviv), Roee
Rosen (Israel), Eran Schaerf (Berlin), Khen Shish (Tel Aviv).
With his project "Pettek", borne by an art collective that
presents itself as a political party, Adler comments on public discourse
in Israel that is dominated by the military. "Pettek" demands
the right for artists to have a voice in public affairs and emphasizes
the significance of art in the development of an open society.
Born 1969, Jerusalem, Israel.
2001 Gallery Annet Gelink, Amsterdam
1999.Wizo Canada Haifa, photography department
1994 "Nidbach" project, the Jerusalem
2003 "Critic is not enough", Zürich,
2002 "Frieden welt wärts", Schlaining,
2002 "Big Torino" Biennial for young
art, Torino, Italy
2001 "Arte Al Centro 2001", Cittadellarte
- Fondazione Pistoletto", Biella, Italy
"Marcus Fisher" is Ashery's alter-ego: an orthodox, homosexual
Jew. Her role play in performances and staged photography derives from
the discomfort and lack of understanding between orthodox and secular
Jews, one of the major lines of division in Israeli society. While referring
to the historical construction of the male Jewish body as (Hasidic)
victim vs. the (Zionistic) warrior, she assails the taboos of homosexuality
and transvestitism that are still in effect for orthodox Jews.
Born in Jerusalem, 1966
Lives and works in London
2003 Say Cheese photographs, Bluecoat Arts Centre,
2002 Seven Acts of Love, Still & Bruch Gallery,
Seven Acts of Love, Kapelica Gallery, Ljublijana,
Seven Acts of Love, Foxy Productions, Brooklyn,
Selected Group Exhibitions
2002 Private Views, London Print Studios, London
(curated by Paul O'Neill)
Over Dressed, Launch Gallery, London
Like Gold Dust, Angle Row Gallery, Nottingham (curated
by Yasmin Zahir)
2001 Jews, Blacks, Gypsies and Other Free Radicals, Notting Hill
Arts Club, London
2000 John, I'm Only Dancing, Collective Gallery,
Bartana's theme is militarization as part of Israel's national self-understanding.
In the video projection "Trembling Time", she deals with the
moment of collective remembrance on the Day of the Fallen Soldier, which
brings all of Israel to a standstill. "Disembodying the National
Army Tune" is an ironic object from the army's repertoire of forms
(flagpole loudspeaker), whose sound intones the heroic military anthem
as an awkward vocal rendition, as every Israeli is necessarily capable
of reproducing it due to military service.
Born 1970, Israel. Lives and works in The Netherlands and Israel
2002 Beelden aan zee museum, 'Trembling Time, Scheveningen,
2002 Digital Art Lab, 'Variables X Y Z', Holon,
Selected group exhibitions:
2002 Brugge Culture Capital of Europe, 'What? A
tale in free images', Brugge , BE.
2002 Galerie Hohenlohe & Kalb, 'say hello wave
goodbye', Vienna, AU.
2002 Manifesta 4, European Biennial of Contemporary
Art, Frankfurt am Main, DE.
"Occupied Territories" is a navigable video animation, for
which picture material from a Palestinian village was used. Inhabitants
are made to appear with a mouse click in the empty lanes and buildings
and quickly vanish again: a reflection on visibility, on the concept
of representation in both a visual and a political sense.
Lives and works in New York.
2003 Pacific Film Archive,
2002 Whitney Biennial, NY
Monica Museum, LA
York Video Festival, Lincoln Center, NY
International Video Festival Videomedeja, Yugoslavia
Film Center, NY
Art Center, Buffalo, NY
2001 Postmasters Gallery, NY
Flaherty Seminar, NY
en scène - les écrans documentaires, Paris
Narionale des Beaux Arts de Paris
Lounge, Millenium Film Workshop, NY
Center, Newton, MA
University Gallery, Israel
In his conceptual photo series, Gal attacks the interlocking of the
cultural with the military establishment. "Untitled (Erasing The
Major Museums)" show aerial shots of Israeli cities, in which the
locations of the major museums are erased as though through military
censorship. His argument is that Israel's self-representation as a nation
of culture is hypocritical, as long as human rights are abused.
1956 Born in Israel.
Since 1997 Adjunct professor, City College of New
2002 - Noga Art Gallery, Tel Aviv.
1998 - Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1997 - Saalbau Rhypark, Basel, Switzerland.
2002 - PS1, New York
2000 - Ami Steinitz Fine Arts, Tel Aviv.
1999 - The Puffin Foundation, NJ.
1999 - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
HORIT HERMAN PELED
With the Internet project "Gaza Checkpoint", Horit Herman
Peled treats the oppression of Palestinians with an abundance of picture
and text material. She concentrates of the example of the proliferating
and arbitrary establishment of checkpoints that make the living and
working conditions of Palestinians tremendously harder.
Horit Herman-Peled, media artist, resides in Tel Aviv.
DANA LEVY with MARC LAFIA and DIDI FIRE
Over 50 people from 35 countries currently living in Tel Aviv were invited
to sing a song from their homeland for the video camera. The result
is a computer-controlled multilingual collage of scraps of songs and
reflections on the emotions they transport, on the singers' homelands
and their experience with migration. In this way, the work focuses,
not least of all, on labor migrants from Black Africa and from the Philippines,
whose expulsion because of the economic crisis is currently being vehemently
and controversially discussed.
Dand Levi is currently Artist-in-Residence at The O.K
born Tel Aviv 1973
1997-1998 Post Graduate Diploma- Electronic Imaging-Duncan of Jordanstone
College of Art-Dundee, Scotland
1994-1997- BA Graphic Design Camberwell College
of Art, London
1992-1994- Foundation Art & Design Camberwell
College of Art London
Currently lives in Tel Aviv developing personal work and teaches video
Musrara school of Photography in Jerusalem and
works freelance on different
media related projects.
Her work has been screened and exhibited at various
galleries in Israel and
around the world including Rosenfeld Gallery,Tel
Aviv, the Tel Aviv &
Jerusalem Cinematech ,Israeli Digital Art Lab,Art
in General New York,
Meditrerra Festival-moving museum, British Short
Film Festival and more.
Marc Lafia lives in New York
works in computation and the network, and in installation,
and multi-channel video and photographic works
of different scale. He has
exhibited films at Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, London,
shown new media works at The Walker Art Center,
SF MoMA, ZKM and other
international museums and festivals.
Didi Fire, born 1972 in Israel,
composer and programmer, lives and works in Tel
Meticulously staged photography, a wealth of details and references.
In a tradition similar to Jeff Wall, Nes composes densely charged photographic
tableaus: scenes from the life of a soldier and from the everyday life
of young (Mizrahim) men, whose bodies show beauty, passivity and vulnerability.
In addition to its inscription in the visual cultural history of the
west and of Israel, Nes is interested in the subversion of the ideal
of male Zionist bodies through references to homosexually connoted images
and to the Jews of Arab origins.
Born 1966, Israel
Lives and works in Tel Aviv
Selected solo exhibitions
2003 "Recent Photographs", Jack Shainman
Gallery, New York
2002 "Adi Nes: Photographs", Museum of
Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago
Selected group exhibitions
2003 "Revelation - Representations of Christ
in Photography", Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1998 "After Rabin: new Art from Israel",
The Jewish Museum, New York, Curator: Susan Goodman
The images and objects in Nizri's art installations also refer to the
history of Israel and the oppressed part of the Sephardim. Nizri interlocks
images from Israeli commercial graphics with objects from Arab-Israeli
everyday culture, thus conducting a visual discourse on visibility,
representation and the question of collective cultural references in
an extremely heterogeneous society.
1973 Born in Haifa, Israel, lives in New York and Tel Aviv
1999 " * ", The Gallery
of The Midrasha school of Art, Beit-Berl, Israel
Cream Van 1999", The Sultan´s Pool: International Project
3, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem
2000 "Not To Be Looked At",
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2001 "World Views" Open
Studio at the World Trade Center
Cohen Leslie and Browne Gallery, New York
Gallery, Dallas. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles
2002 "Mother Tongue", The
Mishkan Le'Omanut at Ein-harod, Israel
Growing", Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv
The artist, who only came to live in Israel a few years ago, investigates
the social sub-formation of Russian immigrants. She photographs her
Russian friends and acquaintances wearing toy masks of pigs' snouts.
In this way, she addresses the (self-chosen) outsider status of Russian
Jews in Israel, which is manifested, for example, in the insistence
on the consumption of pork with reference to Russian tradition.
Born 1971 in Moscow. Russia
moved to Israel 1991
2001-"Nose" a solo exhibition in the
Henrich Boll Foundation gallery, Tel-Aviv
2002-participation in the First Video Bienale in
2002-artist residence in Aarau(Switzerland)
2002 "Art in Krone "a group exhibition
in Krone Atelie, Aarau(Switzerland)
2002 "Artist in Residence.ch"a group
exhibition in "Binz39", Zurih,(Switzerland)
photo series "On The Way to Efrat" shows the deformation of
the landscape of a militarized and colonialistically operating state.
Tunnels and detours brutally fragment the land. The aim is to keep the
Jewish and Arab population as far apart as possible - intended as a
protective measure for the former, without consideration for the needs
of the latter.
With "Lifeguard Towers", taken on deserted beaches in Tel
Aviv and Gaza, Raz shows the only border of the state that is not at
the disposition of negotiations and wars: the sea, which simultaneously
opens up a perspective of desire and hope.
The Way to Efrat, 1997
1964 born in Israel, lives and works in Tel Aviv
1990 - 93"Camera Obscura" School of Art,
1996 Sivan School of Computers Studies, Tel Aviv
1997 - 98Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Numerous solo and group exhibitions
in Israel, Cuba, the Netherlands and other countries.
With "Justine Frank", the artist constructs a Belgian-Jewish,
lesbian artist of the first half of the 20th century. Her fictive life
and her entire oeuvre of painting (created by Rosen) stand for an outsider
position that was doomed to failure between the Holocaust and Zionism.
For the exhibition "The Promise, The Land", Rosen sets up
a mini-retrospective for Justine Frank.
1963 Born in Rehovot, Israel.
Currently teaches art and art history at Ha'Midrasha
(Beit Berl College School of Art) and at Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem.
Exhibitions in Israel and New York
The artist, who has lived for twenty years in Germany, creates a central
installation of the exhibition. In a site-specifically developed setting,
he re-combines earlier works, in which he deals with the history and
present of Israel/Palestine. The radio plays, written together with
Eva Meyer, "Europa von weitem", "Unmöglichkeiten
neu gemischt" and the sound piece "More or Less (You Are My
Life)" play an important role in this.
born 1962 in Tel Aviv, lives and works in Berlin and Brüssel
Numerous exhibitions and projects in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich,
1998 Eran Schaerf - Scenario Data, Herzliya Museum
of Art, Herzliya
1999 Eran Schaerf - Scenario Data, Kunsthalle Bern;
Galerie Zwinger Berlin
2000 Eran Schaerf - Migrants & Variants",
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden [further information]
2002 Zwinger Galerie, Berlin/ "Eran Schaerf
- some time later", Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin/ Galerie
Barbara Gross, Munich
Shish is inspired by North African (popular) culture. For her installation
developed on site, the daughter of Tunisian Jews that immigrated to
Israel uses material from illustrated magazines, film posters, everyday
objects, which she interweaves with her own drawings and photos into
a dense texture: into an investigation into the construction of identity
that is motivated by feminism and emancipation.
Khen Shish lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
2000 "Close-Up" Bezalel Academy of Art
1999 "Arbeiten" - Antea-Gallerie, Jerusalem
1999 "Halbtagshexe", The Artist House,
2002 "Bodycase", RAM
Foundation, Rotterdam, Holland
Kunstgebäude, Museum Ein Harod
1999-2002", Video Art, Museum Herzlia
1998 Biennale für junge
Künstler, Rom, Italien
"Zoom In - Zoom Out"
VIDEO PROGRAM, curated by SERGIO EDELSZTEIN
Reality, Media and Myths
in Israeli Video Art.
The video program is an integral part of the exhibition. It was put
together by Sergio Edelsztein, director of the Center for Contemporary
Art and founder of "VideoZone", the video biennale that took
place for the first time in Tel Aviv in 2002. The contributing artists
Doron Solomons, Dana Levy, Boaz Arad and many others deal with the particular
influence that Israeli mass media, especially television, have on political
decisions and the population.
March 7 and 8, 2003
In this conference, which
includes Israeli and Palestinian participants, not only the current
political constellation and ist historical contextualization will the
be subject of debate, but also its connection with the sphere of the
cultural. In addition, the issue
of "Remapping the Region" appears to be inseparably linked
with the mediatization of the Israel/Palestine conflict and the forms
of ist representation in visual culture.
The first day of the symposium
is devoted to the charged field of such pairs of opposites as identity
and difference or representation and blotting out, which have a special
significance due to mass movements of migration and flight in the Middle
East and the concomitant complex constructions of identity. An attempt
is to be undertaken here to make transparent the aesthetic translations
of nationalist rhetoric or the construction of vigorous masculinity
(in Zionist film, for example), as well as to do justice to the claims
of marginalized social groups, such as the Arab (Mizrahi) Jews. In addition,
the symposium will probe the emancipatory potential of a "translocal",
understanding of cultural production beyond a reductionist, ethnic determination
as "Palestinian" or "Israeli".
The second part of the symposium
revolves around political criticism in the narrower sense. In addition
to social and historical analyses of the region itself, the public discussion
of the situation in Germany and Austria, a particularly sensitive issue
due to the guilt of the Holocaust, will also be part of the deliberations.
Not least of all, though, up-to-date, concrete options for action and
models for thinking are needed for Israel and Palestine. The central
motif here is how practicable and just forms of coexistence and dialogue
may be found - without "pseudo-solutions" prescribed from
the outside and
thus doomed to failure - in light of the desperate situation.
2003, 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Unfamiliar Territories - Identity and Representation in Visual Culture
- 1.30 p.m.
Aim Deuelle Luski (Israel), photo artist, art critic
(Israel), film scholar at the University of Tel Aviv
Horit Herman Peled (Israel), net artist
3 p.m. -
Avi Rybnicki (Israel), psychoanalyst
Fareed Armaly (USA/Palästina), artist and curator, most
recently artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
5 p.m. -
6 p.m. Discussion
Moderation: Christian Höller /Aeditor and co-publisher of
the journal "springerin" , freellance autor and translator
March 8, 2003, 10.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Under (De-)Construction: Israel/Palestine - Positions and Perspectives
of Political Criticism
10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Moshe Zuckermann (Israel), Director of the Institut of German
History, University of Tel Aviv
Hermann L. Gremliza (D), publisher of "KONKRET Zeitschrift
für Politik und Kultur"
Ilan Pappe (Israel), Senior Lecturer, Department of Political
Science, University Haifa; President of the Emil Touma Institut for
Palestinian and Israeli Studies, Haifa, Israel
3 p.m. -
Issam Nassar (Palästine), Historian at the Al-Quds-University
Ariella Azoulay (Israel), teacher for visual culture and contemporary
philosophy at the Bar Ilan University and the Camera Obscura School
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Discussion
Bunzl /A, middle East Expert at the Austrian Institute of International
Maria Falkinger, O.K Center for Contemporary Art Upper Austria, Dametzstr.
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