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Foreigners Everywhere / Dvir gallery

טלפון - 03-6043003
15/12/2009 to - 02/01/2010

Thursday, 26.11.09, at 20:00 Participating artists: Claire Fontaine, Karl Holmqvist, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas The exhibition opens with the collaboration of the British Council and the French Institute The exhibition Foreigners Everywhere is a group show curated by the collective artist Claire Fontaine, it reunites three artists whose works deal in different ways with the question of identity and the conflicted situation of the foreigner, the British artists, Damian Le Bas and Delaine Le Bas, and the Swedish, Berlin based Karl Holmqvist. Foreigners Everywhere attempts to question the legitimacy of cultural and geographical identities through the use of different aesthetic strategies and the building of a foreign language within visual language. Damian Le Bas’s work articulates an imaginary psychogeography superimposed to the ‘objective’ representation of space that maps are supposed to provide. The graphic identity of territories and nations is obliterated in his works by emotional and almost expressionist paintings; the land – even in its representation - becomes the base and the support for the artwork, it’s nothing but a surface to populate in the densest way possible. Delaine Le Bas has a singular practice of constructing shelters inside the exhibition space. Inspired by the forms and the materials of a spontaneous gypsy architecture, her sculpture organizes zones that recall memories of childhood and feelings from the margins of urban and social life. She works with different medias creating a confusion of vernacular elements and sculpturally refined gestures. Feminist aspects are also present in her practice that evoke and deconstructs stereotypes surrounding gypsy women. Karl Holmqvist has been working for many years with performance, video, text and sculpture. His work deals in an original and sophisticated way with the issues of political poetry and its visual presentation. Holmqvist builds a visionary trajectory that crosses the most painful and problematic aspects of contemporary life but also touches the familiar peninsula of pop songs and advertisements. Meticulously extracting all the politically poetic moments of everyday life, the artist deals with the unrepresentable by using several devices, such as projections of a black surface furrowed by white subtitles displaying the words that his off voice pronounces in the soundtrack. The video presented in this exhibition is a recent work entitled I’LL MAKE THE WORLD EXPLODE. Claire Fontaine, intervening here as a curator, is a Paris based collective artist currently represented by DVIR gallery. She works with neon, video, sculpture, painting and text, her practice can be described as an ongoing interrogation of the political impotency and the crisis of singularity that seem to define contemporary art today. For this exhibition she presents a neon sign realized in collaboration with Karl Holmqvist inspired by his video work I’LL MAKE THE WORLD EXPLODE. The neon sign reads THE WEEPING WALL INSIDE US ALL, and asserts that the Israeli and Palestinian conflict has a universal dimension. The exhibition ends: 2.1.10 Opening hours: Tues-Thurs 11:00-18:00 Fri-Sat 10:00-13:00 11 Nahum st. Tel Aviv, 63503

location - Dvir gallery

Time - 15/12/2009 to - 02/01/2010

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