INITIATION - A Guerilla Performance at The Lab

July 27, 2020



"INITIATION" - | The performance | The Lab | Herzl 119

"Follow me!", With these words, the visitors of the recent "Initiation" exhibition at the Herzl 119 Laboratory were received. The atmosphere was tense, dark, all in black,  the  Ministry of Health guidelines only contributed to the move. "You will stand here!", I said to each guest who was led to a marked observation post, from which he could observe one or two artists, and move from one observation post to another, only after it had been vacated.
The restriction of movement has created uncertainty that symbolizes the new age in which we live: uncertainty as certainty. What is the "initiation" performance? 10 of the 14 artists in the new research cooperative I manage, work like busy bees, in a metaphysical ecstatic trance. Engrave, burn, carve and dig the walls that have passed from a display substrate to a raw material for creation. The walls, floor, columns and niches are the canvas. The material, which receives the act of art, is burned by the artists as a physical tattoo. They engrave their bodies, their hearts, and shape their cry to the world; A clean, painful, scratchy, morbid scream. This is what the world looks like when it's on the brink of an abyss.
Each artist referred to his personal biographical condition on the one hand, and his status as an artist in an art field dying, wounded and perhaps on the verge of dying, on the other. Each artist brought in his own way the personal light used for him to anchor and grip life in the move.


Participating artists:
Avner Sher | Shira Gepstein Moshkowich | Gil Desiano Beaton | Inbal Marie Cohen | Evgeny Merman | Yael Bronner Robin | Moran Asraf | Yoav Brenner | Maskit Golan | Nir Shitrit | Yoram Chisin

Curator: Sharon Toval
Assistant curator: Roni Ben Tovim
Graphic design: Yael Bronner Robin
Photography and VIdeo : Keenest Productions.





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