Studio Bank, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Jaffa
25.01.2020

25 January  –  16 February 2020
Small Project for Coming Communities in Tel Aviv
Exhibition at Studio Bank, Tel Aviv–Jaffa
71 Ben Yehuda st., Tel Aviv – Jaffa (corner of 16 Mapu st.)

Opening: Saturday, 25 January 2020, from 5.00pm
Opening Hours: Monday 11am–2pm, Thursday 2–5pm

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Introduction by Professor Dorothee Richter, Head of the CAS/MAS in Curating  and Director of PhD in Practice in Curating, Practice-Based Doctoral Programme, the University of Reading and the Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK

Short presentations by young curators from Israel and Switzerland including: Hila Cohen Schneiderman, Bar Yerushalmi, Gili Zaidman, Eveline Mathis and Anastasia Chaguidouline.

Artistic interventions by local performers including Maya Dunitz, David Lemoine, Oz Malul and Anna Zakrevsky.

On display are scores of by Robert Blatt, Maya Bamberger & Ronny Koren, Ofri Cnaani, Maria Dis, David Lemoine, Christine Ellison, Dganit Elyakim, Eran Hadas, San Keller, Ronald Kolb, Michael Leung, Neue Dringlichkeit, Ceyda Oskay, Dorothee Richter, Anike Joyce Sadiq, Yael Sloma, Pongpan Suriyapat, Nir Segal, Anat Pick, Kacey Wong, Zoncy, and works by Anastasia Chaguidouline, Axel Crettenand and Kacey Wong.

Curatorial direction: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Ronald Kolb
Curation of local iteration: Hadas Kedar (director Studio Bank)
Project Management: Julia Yablonsky

Studio Bank is an art project housed in a seven-story building that was once the headquarters of one of the main banks of Israel. More than forty creative people from different areas of expertise, including: performance, sound, visual art, theater, film, poetry, design, choreography and illustration have been assigned studio spaces in the building. Two studio residencies have been put aside for overseas professionals.
Situated on the west bank of one of the commercial streets of the city – Ben Yehuda “Straße” -surrounded by Bauhaus architecture, galleries, boutiques and cafes, the location of “Studio Bank” highlights the street’s role in the ongoing effort made by the founders of Israel to assimilate into a European-like cultural center.
The project’s in-between stage (former bank / future hotel) – its temporality – is strengthened by its proximity to the beach. In the last two decades, with the rise of tourism to the area, the beach has developed into the main focus point of the city. It attracts residents and tourists for sport, culture and commercial activities. With its popularity comes a real concern about its future. The dynamic quality of the nearby shoreline, inscribing and erasing the escalating sea level, serves as a reminder of the fragility of our natural resources.

Hadas Kedar (Director of “Studio Bank”) is a researcher, lecturer and curator based in Tel Aviv-Yaffo and in the Naqab desert. She is the founder of the Tel Aviv-Yaffo municipal gallery “Nuzhaa” and the Arad municipal gallery and residency spaces “Art and Architecture Arad” and “Arad Contemporary Art Center”.
Kedar is a graduate of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel) and Middlesex University (UK) and is currently a PhD candidate in the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at Zurich.