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Welcome to my site

 

This site gives an insight into a creative process that spans over two decades. It is built as an archive presenting the viewer not only with the visuals, texts and shorts videos but also with the broader context in which the art works were exhibited and which over time will be supplemented with scanned publications, reviews, letters and lectures by curators, researchers and critics.

The viewing of the works can take place using the chronological axe of exhibitions and timeline, or the one of mediums and index of works. Viewing can also occur via the 7 overlapping categories revolving around the word: Land (אדמה) with each of the complementary words: Holy / Mother / White / Border / Wounded/ adding to it a slightly different perspective, while Map / Jerusalem providing a more cartographic/geographic specificity. 

Because life in Israel is an existential reality where choices about what to look at and what to ignore are made almost on a daily basis, creating art therefore cannot be devoid of a certain subjective political gaze even when excluded from the artworks. The need to merge the aesthetic with the politic and to connect myself to a specific reality of ‘time and place’ was a slow process that started during and developed after my undergraduate studies, while I dwelt upon the meaning of being an artist. Very early on, working with the concept of ‘earth’ (אדמה) involved confronting the dialectic of ‘the’ land (הארץ) / whether it be ‘The Holy’ or ‘The Mother’ Land.   

A family memorial forest turned into a military censored area confronted me with national myths and personal matters and was transfigured into ‘Nature Morte,’ a pink greenhouse with real earth, gravel and plants. Following this seminal installation at the Bograshov Gallery in 1992, the meaning of the ‘Land’ in my work evolved towards an enhanced ironic commodification of Holy Land artifacts, an erasure of cartographic power in ‘White Land,’ and a gendered highlighting of the womb/tomb Mother Land.

In the midst of the Second Intifada I could not avoid the conflict, present in my daily life, to transpire in my art as well. In order to make sense of an existence in the shadow of terror attacks and to better comprehend the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I became a freelance news photographer. Back in the studio, the ‘Border Land’ artworks recounted my encounters with checkpoints, borders, walls and violence.

After the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza War in 2008 I gave up this direct encounter with the field, performing instead a metaphorical healing of visible and less visible wounds. I had come to realize the intrinsic power of deconstruction as an alternative way to escape and overcome the recurrent reality of violence whilst allowing for a different reconstruction. The very deconstruction of power embodied in the maps brought forth a different cartography of imaginary maps, fictionally healed with Plaster and bandages. Sewing the Wounded Land Maps of Jerusalem in various locations, not merely allow for the deconstruction of the green checkpoints on the original closure maps, but it revives the silent protest of mythical feminine acts of weaving an alternative fate.