Dead Lands, “Karkaot Mawat” was a group exhibition curated by Rotem Rozental. The project emerged from a prolonged scholarly and curatorial engagement with identity conflicts in the Middle East and their manifestation in contemporary work. The exhibition and its public programming strived to open this conversation to an international audience, and suggest a unique context, a category through which to view creative production that uncovers identity shaped through land, both concrete and imagined. Dead Lands suggested a view of the land as a point of reference, a beginning or an end.
The participating artists used institutional systems such as archives, communal rituals and national visual rhetoric, to undermine and subvert the narratives and histories they preserve and distribute. These artists negotiated their identity in persistent struggle with the land that seeks to define, celebrate, marginalize or exclude it.
Participating Artists: Michal Bar Or (Tel Aviv), Assaf Evron (Chicago), Josh Franco (Texas/NY), Dor Guez (Tel Aviv), Gaston Zvi Ickowicz (Tel Aviv), Yaron Lapid (London), Metehan Ozcan (Istanbul), Alona Rodeh (Berlin).
April 15, 2016, 7-9pm
Opening Reception at NURTUREart, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Performance by Josh T. Franco.
April 28, 2016, 6:30-8pm
Josh T. Franco in Conversation with Rotem Rozental at ICI Curatorial Hub, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620.
The gallery was open Thursday-Sunday, 12-6, and by appointment.