The artist Tsibi Geva represents Israel at this year’s Art Biennale in Venice. Titled Archeology of the Present, the exhibition extends over the exterior of the Israeli Pavilion as well as through its interior. It consists of paintings, sculptural installations, and found objects. On the outside, Tsibi Geva has covered the pavilion in old car tires. In doing so, “the project will give expression to Geva’s ongoing concern with elements related to the notion of ‘home’ – including terrazzo tiles, windows, shutters, lattices, and cement blocks; elements which exist as fragments of what once was, or could in principle constitute, a home. The project will raise self-reflexive artistic concerns and epistemological questions, as well as political and cultural questions of locality and immigration, hybrid identity, existential anxiety and existence in an age of instability.” (excerpt from the press text).
Tsibi Geva was born in 1951 on Kibbutz Ein Shemer, Israel. The artist lives and works in Tel Aviv. Since 1979 he has exhibited solo shows in numerous venues around the world, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The American University Museum, Washington, DC; MACRO Testaccio Museum, Rome (traveling to Mönchenhaus – Museum of Modern Art in Goslar, Germany, in July 2015).
Tsibi Geva: Archeology of the Present / Israeli Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2015. Venice (Italy), May 8, 2015.
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