Halalim | Presenter: Itai Ron-Gilboa
Opening date: Monday 12.04.2021
Closing date: 25.04.2021
Initiator of the exhibition: Nehama Zion
Exhibition in memory of 14 fallen as they left us left families, children and friends and left the shadow of memory.
14 portraits of women and men, all IDF Fallen soldiers. The Fallen soldiers become a family, in our pain we connect and get closer, the portraits are made of thin iron wire, most of the work is the empty spaces between line.
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The Other | Art Installation - Gila Stein
Opening date: Friday 6/3/2020 at 10:30
Closing date: 20/6/2020
Curator: Daria Kaufman
Immigration and refugee crises are phenomena which characterize the times in which we live. The exhibition of artist Gila Stein deals with the waves of immigration which arrived to Israel, and focuses on the attempt made at the beginning of the state to create a “melting pot.” The installation attempts to echo the physical and emotional influences that affected the new immigrants, the request and the expectation to actualize this “integration of the exiles” and to create one community with similar characteristics.
Stein sculpts cement heads with anonymous facial features. The faces receive a specific identity when illuminated with photographs of the immigrants from different ethnic groups. The sculpture installation attempts to illuminate the complicated reality of the immigrant after arriving at a new place. Among other techniques, the artist places about two dozen facial sculptures on sheets of rusted iron in which the erosion of time can be visualized. The faces are identical, and lack characterization and expression, as if they had shed their uniqueness. The rusted body also expresses loss-the disintegration of the familiar and the known. This aesthetic choice indicates the intermediate phase between the loss of one’s previous identity and the acceptance of the new one.
Stein’s installation “The Other” integrates sculpture photography, video and sound. It engages a number of the visitors’ senses: sound, vision and touch. This multisensory approach is intended to remind the viewers of just how life changing and tumultuous immigration and being a refugee can be. Whether the immigration was forced or by choice, the trauma of the immigrant is all inclusive. The language in the new land has a different basis and consistency, the sounds of the new culture beat the drum at an unfamiliar rhythm, and the new sights dazzle the retina of the eye to see other landscapes. And all of this is in addition to the need to integrate into a new society which does not always accept the other with open arms.
Upon entering the exhibition space, the viewers pass through a dark, narrow passageway. From inside the wall, sculptured hands protrude, pointing at the viewers with an accusing finger. The hands serve as a double metaphor: they are the hands of those that immigrated to Israel, turning in sharp criticism towards the veteran Israelis for their lack of acceptance and point at the lack of equality and opportunities, the hatred of the foreigner and the lack of tolerance towards the other. Tens of additional hands comprise a complete wall in the display hall, and represent the veteran community of Israel which admonish the new immigrants for changing the familiar social fabric, for closing themselves off in their previous traditions and for their difficulty in integrating into the present society.
Gila Stein is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked in a variety of mediums over the last five decades. Since 1985 she has exhibited her work in many single and group exhibitions; among them are the Biblical Museum in Tel-Aviv, the Castel Museum in Ma’ale Adumim as well as exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Lisbon, Venice, Istanbul, Ankara, Caracas and more.
Video and sound editor: Amir Rajforker
Installment by Gili Natan
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