Danijela Pivašević-Tenner – Germany

(Residency at Benyamini Center)

Danijela Pivašević-Tenner, a German artist who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, developed a participatory project with artists and students at the Benyamini Ceramics Centre. During her installation sessions, she questioned participants about territorial border lines and personal boundaries. She asked for information about participant’s backgrounds, including which territories the participants came from and their genealogy.  The artist also investigated questions of national stability over the past century and issues of continuity. Informal personal genealogical map drawing sessions were also undertaken.

Pivašević-Tenner’s roof-top installation of fine red and white earthenware rods, ‘Things you see from there, you don’t see from here,’ engages with a polysemic visual language and evokes basic written communication via linear glyphs, as well as primitive weaponry, and notions of borders. While different urban constellations and islands are evoked. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the work. They can move or remove the batons. They can fight new wars, make new cities or borders or conceive new languages. Everyone is ultimately responsible for their actions!


Danijela Pivašević-Tenner thanks the following project participants: Deni Maichi, Danya Mor Goren, Smadar Efrat, Netta Levavi, Katya Izabel Filmus, Ronit Zor, Sharbani Das Gupta, Manal Morcos and Pablo Ponce.

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