Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin live and work in Tel Aviv. They received their BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (Kamel in 2012, Balabin in 2014).
They have been working together since 2012. Their interdisciplinary work shifts among different techniques and practices, from hand-sewing hybrid figures, to drawing, painting, sculpture and site-specific installations. Their research investigates human society and modern culture through a provocative yet ironic practice, which is at times surrealistic and folkloristic, but also critical and serious. Their work focuses on gender issues, sexuality, power and control, and represents fears, weaknesses, and desires of our contemporaneity.
Merav and Halil have exhibited their work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Buchum, Germany; Philara Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel; Bat Yam Museum, Bat Yam, Israel; Herzliya Museum, Herzliya, Israel; Brno House of Art, Brno, Czech Republic; Pram Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; PM gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany; Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Untitled art fair, Miami, FL; Artport, Tel Aviv, Israel; Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel; Ha’Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; Basis Gallery, Herzliya, Israel; Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; among many other venues.
Their work is included in many public and private collections such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, Philara collection, Carry and Dan Bronner collection, Discount Bank collection, Roni and Allen Baharaff collection, Shoken collection, Ann and Ari Rosenblatt collection, Dubi Shiff collection, and others.
Merav and Halil are recipients of the Beatrice S. Kolliner Award for a Young Israeli Artist, Israel Museum; Israel Ministry of Culture, Young Artist Award (Kamel in 2018, Balabin on 2016); the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times; “Elhanani” Prize from Bezalel Academy of Art; and the America-Israel cultural Foundation award for extraordinary artistic achievement.