Curated by Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, Ilit Azoulay, and Nir Shauloff “Transferumbau” was a research project that retraces the controversial Transfer Agreements of 1933 made between Nazi Germany and German Jews. The agreement enabled German Jews fleeing persecution under the Nazi regime to transfer a portion of their assets to British Mandatory Palestine, making possible the migration of 50,000 Jewish people from Germany to British Mandatory Palestine. The agreement was in effect until the outbreak of World War II, and played a role in the construction of the State of Israel. The exhibition presented a multidimensional artistic action based on photography, design, and performance, tracing the original objects transferred in the agreements and exploring ways that an object can become a carrier of an ideology—national or aesthetic.
“Transferumbau” was the inaugural exhibition for a new space in Bauhaus Dessau dedicated to archival research. The project was also presented in Tel Aviv as the inaugural exhibition at the White City Center, a research, exhibition and artist residency center, that opened as part of the 100 years centennial celebration of the Bauhaus movement. Participating artists: Nir Shauloff, Ilit Azoulay, Lou Moria, and Jonathan Touitou.