CURATOR: Wendy Gers
Opening: Thursday 24/11/16 at 19:30 / Closing: 21/1/17
Gallery talk with Shlomit Bauman and some of the artists: Friday 23/12/16 at 11:30
Gallery talk with Shlomit Bauman and some of the artists: Saturday 21/1/17 at 11:30
Artists: Anthony Stellaccio (USA), Ayelet Zohar (Israel), Corwyn Lund (Canada), Danijela Pivasevic-Tenner (Germany), Eva Avidar (Israel), Manal Morcos(Palestinian), Hagar Mittelpunkt (Israel), Johnathan Hopp (Israel), Katya Izabel Filmus (England), Magdalena Hefetz (Israel), Modisa Motsomi (Botswana), Neha Kudchadkar (India), Oren Arbel (Israel), Pablo Ponce (Holland), Rock Wang (Taiwan), Ronit Zor (Israel), Sharbani Das Gupta (USA), Talia Tokatly (Israel)
About the exhibition:
Imperialism and other forms of colonialism have historically played a key role in global social and cultural relations, and made serious changes to local material culture in Israel. Many questions arise from the complex inter-relationships between the personal and the political, the conqueror and the conquered, and are a source of ongoing debate for contemporary art, culture and society.
Post-colonialism – what is it and how is it articulated locally?
Is the global economic village the new form of colonialism?
What can we learn from the diasporic experiences of artists from the Americas, Africa, Central and East Asia and Middle East?
How are interconnected webs of gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity and culture configured and reconfigured?
What are local borders in a digital age?
How does all the above affect contemporary art making?
Post-colonialism? explores various responses to these subjects, engaging with contemporary art, design and ceramic practices. The exhibition showcases nine local artists and nine from abroad. The latter participated in a four-week residency initiated by the Benyamini Center Gallery. The residency program includes meetings and lectures open to the public. It culminates in the exhibition opening on 24/11, and will be followed by a symposium at the Benyamini Center on the 25/11. It also includes opportunities for all the artists to meet each other, travel in the south of Israel and attend lectures by a diverse range of leading scholars. During their stay, the artists from abroad will make work expressing their experience of the social, political and material reality in Israel. This historic project is made possible via the unique cooperation of 8 local art academies and colleges and the Umm El Fahem Gallery.
Works on Post-colonialisms? investigate histories of conquest, the ‘normalisation’ of violence and confinement. They speak of transnational dislocation, mine questions of the human body as a territory of colonization and occupation. Bedouin tents confront bloody medical vials. Armenian souvenir ceramics jostle with African quaggas and bouquets of wilted microphones. Sutured bellies dialogue with topographical surveys. A QR coded tile-panel evokes Taiwanese colonial histories virtually. Indian classical dance and partition narratives collide in a live opening performance, within a camouflage clad “villa in a jungle.” All this and much more is to be discovered in this insightful landmark exhibition.
International Cross Cultural Project
Residency – Exhibition – Symposium
For more info please visit our events page
Postcolonialism aims to offer a visually rich and intellectually sophisticated showcase for original contemporary international ceramics. It will explore the meaning and relevance of Post colonialism as an ideological and historical phenomenon within contemporary Israel and beyond, dealing with issues such as the body and human psyche as well as social environment and the built landscape.
The Benyamini Center was successful in engaging Ms. Wendy Gers (from France), a knowledgeable curator with experience in international projects and an expert in modern and contemporary ceramics with a unique interest in post colonialism, to be the curator and leader of the project in conjunction with a local advisory board from the Benyamini Center – the initiator of the project.
The project began with an international call for participation after which we received about 80 applications. The curator selected 18 artists to participate in the project – 9 artists from abroad and 9 artists from Israel.
The project offers up to 9 international artists a residency in a professionally equipped ceramics studio within nine different institutions or academies in Israel. It culminates in an exhibition at the Benyamini Center followed by an international colloquium in which the selected artists and scholars will participate. The symposium aims to harness the dynamism of the individual voices and facilitate dialogue while engaging with a larger audience. The participants come from different personal and national experiences of colonial and post-colonial history. Social issues are embodied in their work.
As a result of a healthy artistic event, it is our aim to develop a debate about ceramics and material culture in our region. In these difficult times, we seek to see ceramics as a relevant medium that enables us to discuss social and contemporary issues as a bridge to a multi-cultural perception.
Wendy Gers (South Africa – France)
About the curator:
Independent Curator, Researcher & Art Historian
“My research interests include social justice, sustainability & new technologies in contemporary art, craft & design. I have undertaken international projects in France, South Africa & Taiwan, and was recently nominated a ‘World-Leading’ South African. “
Wendy Gers lectures at l’Ecole Supérieure d’Art et de Design, Valenciennes, France. Passionate about modern and contemporary ceramics, she is a founding coordinator of a new International Ceramics Research Laboratory for the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts (ENSA) Limoges, France. She is also a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg, & Associate Advisor of The Design Cradle, Cape Town. Having won the International Curatorial Competition of the Yingge Museum, Taiwan in 2013, she was Curator of the 2014 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale.
Gers has a BA; an Advanced University Diploma in Information Studies & Master’s Degree in History of Art (cum laude), from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was the Curator at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (1996-2001).
Gers has delivered numerous international guest lectures. In February 2015 she presented an international perspective on curating contemporary craft with Glenn Adamson (Director, Museum of Art and Design, New York) at the College Art Association in New York. In 2014 Gers delivered 16 lectures on 4 continents and in 10 countries. Gers has authored various museum catalogue articles, and published over 30 articles in scholarly journals and has recently published her book Southern African Potteries 1880-1980 (300 pages).
The Benyamini Center as initiator of the project has managed to enlist various institutions to create a broad spectrum of cooperation for the project and a unique event in itself.
Hagar Mittelpunkt is a multidisciplinary artist who uses assorted materials and techniques to critically examine political and social issues. Smoke and smoking is used by the artist as a metaphor to express the state of affairs in the occupied West Bank. Smoke produced from ignited tires and the use of tear gas are both measures of occupation; suffocating, penetrating and invasive. For the project and exhibition, the artist will continue working with smoke creating a combined installation and performance piece on the roof of Beit Benyamini
Eva Avidar is an award winning artist and sculptor, graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. Lecturer in academic institutions throughout the country; She taught in the past at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design as well as lectured and headed the arts and ceramics departments at Shenkar and Beit Berl Colleges.
Johnathan Hopp is a prolific creator, an artist, designer and lecturer. Graduate with Honors -Industrial Design – Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Currently runs his own design studio called “Typical Local” designing and producing assorted ceramic objects. Teaches design at the Shenkar College, at the graduate program in industrial design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and at HIT Holon Institute of Technology
Ceramic artist, graduated from the Art Academy in Berlin and the Bezalel Academy of art and design. She exhibited several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Israel and abroad for many years. As the Head of the Ceramics Artists Association of Israel, Magdalena curated many exhibitions and participated in several international
symposia and conferences in an attempt to advance the status of ceramic art in the local and international art scene.
Ronit, a ceramic artist, painter, sculptor and independent curator, is a graduate of the department of mathematics and art history, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Participated in solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. The unglazed surfaces of her work reference to her sense of place, the nature, color and culture of the region.
Hadas Rosenberg Nir
Hadas is a ceramic artist and lecturer. Graduate of Bezalel Academy for Art and Design and Tel Aviv University, teaches at Haifa University and Beit Berl College. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions and has won various awards including the design prize of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport; her work found in private and museum collections worldwide.
Award-winning artist, Talia is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and senior lecturer in the Ceramic and Glass Design Department of the Academy. For the past several years she has been the editor for the magazine 1280 published by the Ceramic Artists Association of Israel.
A young artist from Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights; teaches in the department of ceramics at the Tel Hai College and at the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center in Tel Aviv; a graduate of the Department of Ceramics and Glass, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Oren is also a tour guide specializing in Africa and Eastern Europe. In his travels around the globe he reaches out to seek tribes and folks who are dedicate to local crafts, focusing on pottery and ceramics. Over the past couple of years he has participated in a number of group exhibitions.
Cory is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Currently based in Toronto, he has moved skillfully between public art projects and gallery-based exhibitions over the past 10 years. Complementing his interdisciplinary education in art, design, and architecture, he has participated in artist residencies in Banff, China and the Netherlands. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally and is included in several private, public, and corporate collections.
Neha Kudchadkar is a visual and performing artist currently living in Mumbai , a co-founder and director of beej, a performing arts collective in Mumbai.
She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.U., Baroda. She has chosen to negotiate various roles – dancer, ceramicist, researcher, teacher, photographer, curator, sculptor, choreographer, actor, administrator, collaborator, activist – all of the above inform one another and broaden her approach as an artist and maker.
Katya Izabel Filmus
Katya is a glass artist originally from Israel who is currently living, working and producing in England. Her formal art education involved full time studies as a sculptor, mould maker and ceramicist. She is a graduate of the department of ceramics and glass at the Academy of Art and Design, Bezalel, the University of Sunderland with distinction and professional residencies in Scotland and the USA. Her commissioned work is found in various public spaces; hospitals, airports, etc.
Modisa Tim Motsomi
Modisa Tim Motsomi is a KwaZulu-Natal based fine artist who relocated to South Africa from his homeland of Botswana. “ I like to think of myself as a bit of a jack of all trades…or at least 5 trades…because my work oscillates between, makings prints, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, and performances (live and video)” . He has featured in numerous exhibitions in South Africa and has already had his work exhibited in Kenya, China and The United Kingdom.
Anthony is a very active and prolific American artist. He is a freelance scholar and artist trained in both fine art and folklore. A recipient of a working scholarship at the Smithsonian Institute and residencies in Latvia, Denmark, Hungary and Japan; He is actively involved in the creation of art, writing, museum work, curation, jurying and interdisciplinary culture projects. He participated in solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in the U.S and around the world
Pablo Ponce was born in Argentina where he obtained a degree in scenography. Currently he lives and works in Amsterdam after graduating from the department of ceramics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. He has extensive experience as a scenographer as well as an independent visual artist. He exhibited his work in several solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art platforms and museums.
Graduated from Shih Chien University and then completed the IM Master Program of the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Wang worked with Philips and Droog design, and back in Taiwan as the director with DELL Design Center, Zoe designand many others. In 2010 Rock Wang cofounded Qiao Design Studio with Chung-tong Ho. Wang’s design raises question and debates on the ordinary, and finds new meanings for them. The Brick Plan series created for the Triennale in Milan transforms the crude materials of brick and cement into refined, elegant vases.
Sharbani Das Gupta
Sharbani is a ceramic and visual artist, working both in India and the United States. She completed her graduate degree in Visual Communications from the National Institute of Design, India, and worked as an Artist in Residence in various countries, most recently in Skopolos, Greece, and Fuping, China. She roots her work in the theme of separation and connection, expressing political and socio-cultural issues as well as a touch of the personal in her art
Danijela Pivašević Tenner
Danijela was born in Serbia. She currently lives and works in Germany. After graduating from the Art Academy in Berlin she received a study scholarship in the city pottery in Neumunster. With time and experience she established an international residency program at the center which she coordinates and runs. She exhibits and participates in residency programs worldwide.
- Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
- Oranim Academic College
- Tel-Hai Academic College
- Givat Haviva
- Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery
- Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
- HIT – Holon Institute of Technology
- Hacubia – A place for art
- Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
- Mifal Hapais
- Tel Aviv municipality plastic art department
- AIDA – Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts
- Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Tel Aviv
- Israeli Culture and Sport office
- Liaep – Lighton International Artists Exchange Program
- Yehoshua Rabinovitch Foundation
- Ceramic Artists Association Israel
- Botswana High Commission