Contemporary Perception of Complex Realities
The exhibition showcases a body of work by graduates of various art institutes in Israel, including: Oranim Academic College, Haifa University, Minshar School of Art, Betzalel Academy of Art and Design, Hamidrasha – Beit Berl College, The Art Institute at Tel-Hai Academic College, WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education.
One major possibility for hope these days is turning the public eye to the viewpoint of young artists, who belong to the next generation of leaders, and who could serve as significant trailblazers in the field of art and become the next voice; the one that grew in the reality of the past twenty-thirty years in Israel.
'Dance of Sanity' deals with our need to move out of existing reality, our yearning to dance rather than fight, and to create one inclusive reality. One reality, even if complex, is better than the necessity to live a variety of realities with endless internal contradictions. The exhibition presents the dance of those who insist on finding an island of sanity, a lighthouse, a beacon of light towards which one can move.
The exhibition examines perceptions, projects and outstanding artistic endeavors among graduates who focused their work on subjects of self-determination, identity, social ideology or criticism, and the definition of what is commonly human.
The body of works in the show is comprised of three levels:
First, a personal, specific, individual view, which can be more broadly applied. Second, a holistic social view of power relations (between the system and the individual or between groups, i.e. men and women). Third, seeing what is commonly human and above any definition, classification or group affiliation.
This body of work is concerned on all levels with the human and its desperate condition, with the spark of life and hope and the danger looming above it. It observes the here and now through numerous lenses, directing a telescope into the future and having a say.
This is a complex body maintaining constant tension between its different parts, even if they exist side by side and comprise one whole. This tension exists between a critical outlook on the status quo, in order to deconstruct it; the persistent attempt to construct an identity; and the pause resulting from a moment of rest in the shadow of everything commonly human. This enables building something together, based on diversity.
The gender ratio in the exhibition is 100:0. One could deduce therefore that this is a feminine show. However, this is the outcome, not the initial plan. The show recognizes itself as having feminine qualities. It is a show of art created by women. Is this feminine art? Does art created by women have more prominent features that indicate a desire for something in common? These questions remain open.
In these days when citizens of this country finally raise their voices demanding to put an end to extremism, incitement and hatred, we need to lift up our heads and direct our gaze at many fleeting realities that escape our attention. Such a gaze can include the experiences of pain, frustration or irony inherent to those realities, yet it also sets a starting point enabling us to grow into a shared future. Understanding the Other, their pain and their humanity, are essential tools for creating the basis for sustainable peace.
Anat Lidror , Curator
Director of Givat Haviva Collaborative Art Center