קצוות מפוצלים | Split Ends
אדר גולדפרב, דור זליכה לוי, דור שרון, הדסה כהן, זוודיתו יוסף סרי, מאשה רובין, נגה יודקוביק-עציוני
Adar Goldfarb, Dor Saron, Dor Zlekha Levy, Hadassa Cohen, Masha Rubin, Noga Yudkovik-Etzioni, Zaudito Yosef Seri
אוצרות: דינה לוי ורבקה קוה | Curating: Rivka Kave & Dina Levy
The artists in this exhibition are concerned with identity and place. Their very being becomes clouded when influences – ancestral as well as environmental – penetrate and demand recognition. Some of the Artists immigrated as children, others were born in Israel, a first generation or more. Yet – even after several generations of melding – we are still exposed to a gaze that labels us according to color, facial attributes, last names and accent.
The exhibition – in which all Artists belong to the same social group - presents a broad range of symbols and signs. It brings to the surface questions about seeking and yearning, influences, the possibility of choosing an identity, holding on to stereotypes, about identity in Israel versus Europe today and Europe tomorrow and finally, the exhibition itself as a possible bridge.
Hadassa Cohen is concerned with phonetics and rhythm, inside and out. Roof tiles are wrapped in a tablecloth and a Swiss Artist recites in Hebrew. Her work, as a Canadian-born to a family that immigrated their from France and originates in Morocco, is dominated by alienation.
Dor Sharon shines a light on the trend of “localizing” names of plants and their related folk tales. The question of belonging roams above the kibbutz that was his home, his German passport from his father’s side and his Levantine appearance from his mother’s side.
Zaudito Yosef Seri uses traditional Ethiopian cloth and oscillates between white and black colors using plaster and charcoal, having a familiar smell – the only memory she has from there. She chose the local, but any stranger’s gaze marks her as “black”.
Dor Zlekha Levy performs digital manipulations that take us through three generations of Jewish-Arabic music Divas, for him a built-in part of being Israeli – certainly after the Friday afternoon Arabic movie that was a ritual in many homes.
Noga Yudkovic-Etzioni uses an image of her grand mother’s pearl necklace to mark a path and to connect the generations. She is committed to pass on to her children the family memory that is linked to the Holocaust and to the bereavement of the Israeli wars.
Adar Goldfarb brings together daily objects and brings them to life using loose low-tech mechanics. He uses humor to track his father’s sense of disconnectedness after immigrating in his youth from Argentine.
Masha Rubin, Russian-born, plants scenes in the scenery. She photographs in Israel but obfuscates any specifics of location to create another place; sometimes another world.