Recurrence: Rituals, Place and History

Sigalit Landau

Duration: 17.06.2015  – 25.7.2015 
Organisation: The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation and the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel

Description

As a result of the wide acceptance and favourable recognition by the Cypriot public of the exhibition Recurrence: Rituals, Place, and History – A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Israeli Artists in Cyprus, the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre – Associated with the Pierides Foundation and the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel announce that the exhibition will return to NiMAC for the period 17 June – 25 July 2015.

The exhibition, which is curated by Drorit Gur Arie, the director and chief curator of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, presents the work of fourteen leading Israeli artists, who use video as their primary medium of expression. The exhibition features works by artists (in alphabetical order): Eyal Assulin, Itzik Badash, Yael Bartana, Yosef-Joseph Dadoune, Peleg Dishon, Jonathan Doweck, Nevet Yitzhak, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Nira Pereg, Dafna Shalom, Ran Slavin and Amir Yatziv.

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A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Israeli Artists in Cyprus
Works from the Collection of Petach Tikva Museum of Art and Additional Works
Curator: Drorit Gur Arie
Duration: 28 March 2015 – 30 May 2015
Opening: Saturday, 28 March 2015, 20:00

The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation and the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in Israel announce the opening of the exhibition Recurrence: Rituals, Place, and History – A Group Exhibition of Israeli Artists in Cyprus, on Saturday, 28 March 2015, at 20:00.

The exhibition, which is curated by Drorit Gur Arie, the director and chief curator of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, presents the work of fourteen leading Israeli artists, who use video as their primary medium of expression. The exhibition features works by artists (in alphabetical order): Eyal Assulin, Itzik Badash, Yael Bartana, Yosef-Joseph Dadoune, Peleg Dishon, Jonathan Doweck, Nevet Yitzhak, Sigalit Landau, Dana Levy, Shahar Marcus, Nira Pereg, Dafna Shalom, Ran Slavin and Amir Yatziv.

The exhibition brings together for the first time in Cyprus, works by some of the most intriguing personal voices in Israeli video-art today. Their work reveals an affinity with the realms of ritual, Jewish symbolism, and cosmological cyclicality of life and death. The participants represent a generation of young Israeli artists whose members have devised a variety of strategies for approaching the harsh, polarized reality surrounding them. All videos respond to one stratum or more in the multi-layered structure of identity, be it their individual, public, cultural, historic, or political one. Some, like Yael Bartana, Nevet Yitzhak, Amir Yatziv and Jonathan Doweck, appropriate forms, symbols, objects, and sites directly from the physical landscape, often to twist them into subtle political commentary. Others, like Shahar Marcus, employ humour as a tool for deconstructing history’s explosive potential, while yet others, such as Ran Slavin, mix sci-fi aesthetics and archaeological fantasy to portray the peculiar way in which these elements affect everyday politics in Israel. The personal poetry of Dafna Shalom, Dana Levy, Itzik Badash, and Yosef-Joseph Dadoune, exemplifies the work of mourning performed by many Israeli artists, in an attempt to come to terms with the violence of history, the violence of social hardship, or simply interpersonal violence so prevalent in this region.

Drorit Gur Arie the curator, explains the concept of the exhibition Recurrence: “Reconstruction and repetition, a cyclic human state of struggle, construction and destruction, a fusion of reality, speculation, and fiction, anchored in the fascinating relationship between ritual, place and history, are at the core of the exhibition Recurrence, which presents spectacular, stylized, and eye-pleasing manifestation of violence. Eros and Thanatos are thus bound together in a Gordian knot. The exhibition is the first project of Israeli art in Nicosia, Cyprus, staged in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre.”

The exhibition is the result of the collaboration between NiMAC and the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, which began in June 2013 when Drorit Gur Arie presented the contemporary Israeli art scene at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre. A corresponding exhibition with works by Cypriot artists will be held at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art in 2015.

The director of NiMAC, Dr. Yiannis Toumazis, commented regarding this collaboration: “What mainly unites our two countries, which are so close and yet so far apart, is the sea. The Mediterranean, regardless of the secular and political systems, serves as a good conductor of human communication, uniting people at a physical and a conceptual level, carrying –from antiquity until today– people, innovative ideas and ideologies both in times of peace and in times of war. It is precisely in this very context that we should view this meeting between Cyprus and Israel. A meeting that began in 2013 when Drorit Gur Arie, the director and chief curator of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, presented at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre courtyard the contemporary art scene of Israel. This marked the beginning of a fruitful cooperation between the two institutions. The exhibition Recurrence: Rituals, Place, and History, which presents the work of fourteen leading Israeli artists, who use the video as their main medium of expression, is the first part of this creative collaboration. Hopefully, a corresponding exhibition of Cypriot artists will be held in Israel, in 2015.”

The opening will be attended by some of the participating artists, such as Nira Pereg, Ran Slavin and Shahar Marcus. During the opening Shahar Marcus will present a live performance related to his work.

The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Nicosia, the Ministry of Education and Culture (Cyprus), Μifal Hapais (Israel) and OPAP (Cyprus).

Events

SATURDAY, 30 MAY 2015, 18:00 [in Greek]

Last guided tour to the exhibition Recurrence: Rituals, Place, and History – A Group Exhibition of Contemporary Israeli Artists in Cyprus

Opening-Saturday, March 28 at @8:00 pm at NiMAC Arts Centre.

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Announcements

Gallery

  • Nira Pereg
    Nira Pereg
    Σάρα, Σάρα, μονοκάναλο βίντεο υψηλής ευκρίνειας με ήχο, 4:25 λεπτά, επαναλαμβανόμενη αναπαραγωγή Αβραάμ, Αβραάμ, μονοκάναλο βίντεο υψηλής ευκρίνειας με ήχο, 4:25 λεπτά, επαναλαμβανόμενη αναπαραγωγή Ευγενική παραχώρηση της καλλιτέχνιδας και της Γκαλερί Braverman του Τελ Αβίβ
  • Amir Yatziv & Jonathan Doweck
    Amir Yatziv & Jonathan Doweck
    Paleosol 80 South, 2013, μονοκάναλο θερμικό βίντεο, 17:40 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά των καλλιτεχνών Paleosol 80 South, 2013, single-channel thermal video, 17:40 min Courtesy of the artists
  • Dana Levy
    Dana Levy
    Η αφύπνιση, 2011, μονοκάναλο βίντεο, 5:03 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά του Μουσείου Τέχνης Πετάχ Τίκβα The Wake, 2011, single-channel video, 5:03 min Courtesy of Petach Tikva Museum of Art
  • Eyal Assulin
    Eyal Assulin
    Fordizm, 2014, μονοκάναλο βίντεο, 5:07 λεπτά Ευγενική παραχώρηση του καλλιτέχνη Fordizm, 2014, single-channel video, 5:07 min Courtesy of the artist
  • Itzik Badash
    Itzik Badash
    Ζάλα, 2010, βίντεο, 13 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά του Μουσείου Τέχνης Πετάχ Τίκβα Zala, 2010, video, 13 min Courtesy of Petach Tikva Museum of Art
  • Yosef-Joseph Dadoune
    Yosef-Joseph Dadoune
    Στην Έρημο, 2009, βίντεο, 15:03 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά του Μουσείου Τέχνης Πετάχ Τίκβα In the Desert, 2009, video, 15:03 min Courtesy of Petach Tikva Museum of Art
  • Yosef-Joseph Dadoune
    Yosef-Joseph Dadoune
    Οφακίμ (Ορίζοντες), 2009, βίντεο, 17:29 λεπτά Ευγενική παραχώρηση του καλλιτέχνη Ofakim (Horizons), 2009, video, 17:29 min Courtesy of the artist
  •  Nevet YItzhak
    Nevet YItzhak
    Εκεί που βρίσκονται τα άγρια τέρατα, 2014, βίντεο, 8 λεπτά Ευγενική παραχώρηση του καλλιτέχνη Where the Wild Things Are, 2014, video, 8 min Courtesy of the artist
  • Peleg Dishon
    Peleg Dishon
    Flood, 2012, video projection of a scanned paper-cut Courtesy of Petach Tikva Museum of ArtΑβραάμ, Αβραάμ, μονοκάναλο βίντεο υψηλής ευκρίνειας με ήχο, 4:25 λεπτά, επαναλαμβανόμενη αναπαραγωγή Ευγενική παραχώρηση της καλλιτέχνιδας και της Γκαλερί Braverman του Τελ Αβίβ Sarah, Sarah, single-channel HD video with sound, 4:25 min, loop Abraham, Abraham, single-channel HD video with sound, 4:25 min, loop Courtesy of the artist and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • Ran Slavin
    Ran Slavin
    Ursulimum, 2012, έγχρωμο βίντεο υψηλής ευκρίνειας, 16:90 λεπτά Ευγενική παραχώρηση του καλλιτέχνη Ursulimum, 2012, video HD, colour, 16:90 min Courtesy of the artist
  • Shahar Marcus
    Shahar Marcus
    Sabich, 2012, βίντεο, 4:33 λεπτά Ευγενική παραχώρηση του Ισραηλινού Μουσείου της Ιερουσαλήμ και της Γκαλερί Braverman του Τελ Αβίβ Sabich, 2012, video, 4:33 min Courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • Shahar Marcus
    Shahar Marcus
    Σπόροι, 2012, βίντεο, 5:00 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά της Γκαλερί Braverman του Τελ Αβίβ Seeds, 2012, video, 5:00 min Courtesy of Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv
  • Sigalit Landau
    Sigalit Landau
    DeadSee, 2005, βίντεο, 11:39 λεπτά, επαναλαμβανόμενη αναπαραγωγή Ευγενική παραχώρηση της καλλιτέχνιδας DeadSee, 2005, video, 11:39 min, loop Courtesy of the artist
  • Yael Bartana
    Yael Bartana
    Μία Διακύρυξη, 2006, μονοκάναλο βίντεο και ηχητική εγκατάσταση, 7:30 λεπτά Ευγενική προσφορά της Γκαλερί Annet Gelink του Άμστερνταμ και του Sommer Contemporary Art του Τελ Αβίβ A Declaration, 2006, one-channel video and sound installation, 7:30 min Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
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Video


Alluding to Action Painting and the art of Jackson Pollock, Shahar Marcus performs in front of the camera in his studio. A giant pita bread spread on the floor substitutes for the canvas, while the artist uses dripping ambaand tahini sauces to replace Pollock’s dripping paint. Together with deep fried eggplant, boiled eggs and green salad, the ingredients come together to make a popular Israeli street dish of Iraqi origin called sabich. The sublime character of Abstract Expressionism is thus transformed into a vernacular, bodily, down-to-earth activity. Suffused with humor, this work undermines the myth of the artist’s self-importance, and absurdly blurs the distinctions between the creative process and an everyday Israeli experience. The final image is at once visceral, intended to stimulate one’s appetite, and “cosmological” – like a mandala unfolding a whole universe of tastes and scents.