Contemporary sculpture from Israel. With his own personal language, each of the 15 artists in the exhibition uses body images in order to pose various questions: social and political questions, questions about the past, family and tradition and questions about the borders of identity and self-definition and the power of love and death. Video and photographic works examine the concept of sculpture and offer other ways of observing it. Curated by Ronit Eden.
curated by Ronit Eden
In the exhibition 'Territorial Bodies Contemporary sculpture from Israel', the human body serves as a central theme. It is a tool for examining thought processes through visual language. A spectrum of emotions, thoughts and memories come and pass through the body, attempting to touch its essence. Sometimes the body itself is not present in the work of art, and all that is present is a reference to it.
The exhibition presents a local occurrence through the contemporary works of 15 artists from Israel. The fifteen artists originate from various places in Israeli society: Immigrants who spent part of their life in other countries such as Romania and Russia, Israelis and Palestinian, inhabitants of cities and small villages . With his own personal language, each artist uses body images in order to pose various questions: social and political questions, questions about the past, family and tradition and questions about the borders of identity and self-definition and the power of love and death.
Galya Gur ZeevVideo and photographic works examine the concept of sculpture and offer other ways of observing it. The juxtaposition of these different artistic media presents a different aspect of the sculpture experience. The artists create fantastic figures using modern materials such as latex, computer printouts and plastic and polymeric castings. While the materials are not the traditional sculpting materials, there is, nevertheless, a connection with the history of sculpture and the history of art.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, which will also include articles that place the works in the broader artistic context, written by two writers in different fields of contemporary art. The article by Dr. Baruch Blich lecturer at art institutions, contemporary art critic and researcher, views the works in the exhibition from a theoretical perspective, with the goal of justifying the preoccupation with the body in the artistic context: What is behind the manifestations of the body in art, why do artists deal with the human body, over and over again, distorting it, emasculating it and presenting it in various and sundry contexts?
The second article is by Dr. Dahlia Manor historian, art critic. She is Senior Lecturer at institutions of higher learning, primarily in the field of contemporary Israeli art. Her article deals with the Israeli identity of the art works, their connection to the history of sculpture, and the relations with the art world in the international arena.
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