This exhibition aims at setting up a brief historiography of the body as it is perceived, represented and manifested by Israeli artists from the 1950s until today. On view are works from some of Israel’s most known artists together with a selection of contemporary Israeli artists residing in Berlin. The works of Moshe Kupferman (1926 – 2003) and Lea Nikel (1918 – 2005) are our starting point, chronologically. Like many of their contemporaries they were engaged in an abstract discourse avoiding any direct representation. Kupferman’s paintings are an on-going process of marking and erasing, thus constructing a timespace machine whose generator and scale is the basic move of the painter’s hand. In Nikel’s case the body is transﬁgured into abstract forms. Possible ﬁgures, emotions and inner situations are shaped into colors and spatial relationships.
Going back centuries and millennia, the travel routes of migrants tell the story of a humanity ravaged by wars, famine, prosecution and crises. Traversing lands, seas and continents, the pairs of eyes that witnessed and the legs that treaded the land – of those persistent in their search for a better future, if not sheer survival – are the bearers of life experiences that remain largely untold and forgotten, even if the collective fates of migrant populations had merged into the great currents of history, shaping cultures, civilizations, peoples and ethnicities everywhere.
RoundAbout, CIRCLE1’s exhibition at Radial System V, as part of ID Festival Berlin, is a group exhibition presenting thirteen Berlin-based Israeli artists. The works chosen for this exhibition aim to provide a critical curatorial reflection on a relatively new phenomenon – the emergence of a major creative community of immigrant Israeli artists who now think of Berlin as their home.
Participating artists: Ofir Dor, Amir Fattal, Liav Gabay, Alona Harpaz, Olaf Kühnemann, Alon Levin, Aharon Ozery, Sharon Paz, Alona Rodeh, Keren Shalev, Noga Shtainer, Amir Yatziv and Sahar Zukerman
Guest curator: Rotem Ruff
In our next show (which opens on Friday, June 27) we will host the exhibition “Heartworn Highways” by Olaf Kühnemann. In Heartworn Highways Kühnemann works impulsively. Everything derives from imagination, there is no clear narrative. Just like reconstructing a new language, this is an exercise for creativity emerging from the dead end situation of every day studio practice and the challenge for constant productivity and inspiration.
(Text by Jorgina Stamogianni, Independent Curator)
The Italian artist Francesca Fini will be showing in our next exhibition three video works. Francesca is an interdisciplinary artist mainly focusing on new media and interactive media, video and performance art. Her live projects, always addressing social and political issues, are mixed with lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video. Primarily interested in video and live art, she also creates artworks assembling performance art ‘relics’ or manipulating video stills.
Among the pieces exhibited in our current exhibition are Zoya Charkassky’s paintings. Zoya is an Israeli painter born in Kiev. A few years ago she was quoted regarding her unique outspoken way to deal with the Israeli identity & Judaism: “it was never my intention to shock Holocaust survivors. They have had enough shock and horror in their lives. For me it is about coming to terms with such things. If that’s the way a Jew is drawn – then perhaps that’s what he really looks like, perhaps there’s something to it.” Continue reading
Among our first nine Israeli members of Circle1 are four Berlin- based artists. Olaf Kühnemann is a painter who became known for his intriguing imagery based on the analysis of his childhood photographs. Kühnemann has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in various museums and galleries. One of his recent projects was a painting installation in collaboration with Berlin based fashion label Eva & Bernard and Alexander Ochs Gallery in Berlin at Mercedes- Benz Berlin Fashion week . Continue reading