Curators: Ram Ozeri and Vera Pilpoul
Participating Artists: Neta Elkayam | Shai Azoulay | Daniella Azoulay | Shy Abady | Jorge Gil | Silvia Japkin | Meydad Eliyahu | Lida Sharet Massads
In Spain during the 12 th century, Rabbi Yehuda Halevi wrote, “My heart is in the East, and I am in the furthermost West.” The exhibition In the East: Spain and Jerusalem inverts Halevi’s words: most of the participating artists are active in the local, Middle Eastern and Levantine space, identified by, identifying with, and even seeking their roots in this non-Western geographic region. These same artists are, nevertheless, influenced by Western culture and are engaged in multi-layered discourse with it. Their works raise questions about the contemporary meanings of “East” and “West” geographically, socially and culturally, and propose a complex, not necessarily uniform, representation of Israeli art and its relation to art worldwide. Two Spanish artists are featured alongside the Israeli artists. The guest artists are engaged in questions of individual identity, vulnerability, and investigate the human condition from individual and global perspectives.
Jorge Gil (Madrid) presents a series of family portraits composed of prints, drawings and paintings on wood and paper. The artist explores aspects of relationships and the different implications between the factual and the fictitious. Sylvia Japkin (Barcelona) uses Maimonides' manuscripts in her work and creates an amorphous, three-dimensional form, reminiscent of seed prior to germination. Shy Abady is exhibiting works from his series of paintings Back to the Levant, which examines the encounter between the charged local Levantine space and his personal family history. Shai and Danielle Azoulay are jointly presenting works in the exhibition. Shai’s paintings often reference canonical European painters, such as Miro and Matisse. In Chandeliers, Meidad Eliyahu examines fused identities. The body and head of the artist serve as the base from which expressive ornamental imagery emerges. Lida Sharet Massad, in her Ornament series, presents designs borrowed from Andalusian art, some of which recall schema from paintings by Mordechai Ardon. As well, a personal ornament is on display that was created from the words Aba (father) and Ima (mother). Neta Elkayam presents work from Lifeline, a series that creates connections between geographically distant perspectives that belong to the same identity-biographical horizon. A new work specifically created for the exhibition traces the journey made by Maimonides between Cordoba, Fez and Cairo.
The Dewk Gallery
Mishkenot Sha'ananim's Conference Center