Aircraft Carrier examined the time period between two crises of capitalism in Israel 1973 and 2008, as an approach for understanding some radical changes in Israeli architecture. The eventful year of 1973 marked a watershed in the workings of global capitalism, in American strategic interest in the Middle East, and in Israel’s social, economic and political systems and policies. These elements, shaped by territorial struggles and energy crises, dramatically altered the course of Israeli architecture. Aircraft Carrier dealt with this transformative period through an investigation of the American influences that enabled such innovations and tragedies.
The exhibition was accompanied by a book, published by German publisher Hatje Cantz and edited by the curators, which contextualized the phenomena in larger transformative processes. The book includes texts by Milton Friedman, Justin Fowler, and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen and visual works by participating artists and by Baltimore-based graphic designers, Post Typography.
Curated by Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin Adiram and Dan Handel.