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Metabolism: Eastern and Arab Identity in Young and Contemporary Design

Metabolism: Eastern and Arab Identity in Young and Contemporary Design

Exhibition curators: Yuval Saar, Orly Amrami - Shenkar Design Archive
Opening: Friday, December 8 2017
Closing: Saturday, April 7 2018

In recent years we have seen an increasing number of designers who have been influenced by the changes taking place in Israeli society relating to issues of belonging, identity, origin, gender, nationality etc. The dominant issues emerging from the works of these designers include the issue of Arabs and Jews living alongside each other, and the fluctuations occurring between identities - western, Arab-Israeli and Arab-Palestinian - as well as the issue of eastern identity, whether this is in comparison with European culture, or vis-à-vis Arabic culture or, by its “updated” name: Mediterranean or Eastern Mediterranean culture.

This exhibition will feature a selection of works by young designers who address the cultural and aesthetic reciprocal relationship between east and west, Arabs and Jews, Israel and Europe, the Middle East and Israel, and Arabic and Hebrew. The exhibits convey the influence of Arabic ornamentation, Arabic lettering and Arabic calligraphy. Sometimes, through the aesthetics, one can discern subversive messages which do not sit comfortably with accepted public discourse in Israel. The artists offer a diverse range of approaches, taking in body decorating, the home and family, the living environment, origin, nation and nationality. Some of the works attempt to provide space for traditions pushed to the fringes by the Israeli melting pot, and some pose the question of how Israel would like if it were dominated by a different ethos.

Participating designers:

Ohad Hadad and Halal Jebarin

Amir Tsoval

Gilad Bar

Helit Colany

Hadar Tidhar

Hazar Grably

Tal Levi

Liron Lavi-Turkenich

Nawal Arafat

Noa Snir

Adi Karni

Omri Avraham and Shany Dvora