CARYATID, 2012

The Negev Museum of Art, Beersheba, Israel

The female body, both mythic and real, connected the disparate parts of this exhibition. Musings on the experience of home, orphanhood, and motherhood were at the core of this project.

 

On the first floor of the museum, I showed sculptures in mixed media and a video. On the second floor of the Ottoman building, I created a new version of the living room and kitchen, resembling the ones I exhibited several years before in Berlin. An Israeli home reconstruction where the voices of four mothers could be heard speaking from within the oven, evoking their memories of survival, motherhood, cooking, and singing. The living room, situated next door, told the story of a young man trapped in his youth. Fragments from his diaries and letters were secretly placed.

 

In contrast to the surrounding architecture, a bronze cast of an abandoned shelter that originally stood in south Tel Aviv was exhibited for the first time in the courtyard of the Negev Museum of Art.

 

Curator: Dalia Manor