Blade Memory

12.12.2020 - 06.02.2021

Following the imposed lockdown, CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv will be closed until further notice.

Boaz Arad, Yaron Attar, Michal Bachi, Yaacov Dorchin, Sharon Fadida, Yonatan Geron and Ariel Kleiner, Yizhak Golombek, Elad Haiman, Omer Halperin, Michal Makaresco, Boaz Levental, Amit Levinger, Pearl Schneider, Noa Schwartz, Siona Shimshi, Narkis Vizel, Oded Yaakov

Curated by artists Naama Arad, Eran Nave and Ishai Shapira Kalter

“Blade Memory” is an exhibition conceived in two chapters. The first chapter, presented at CCA Tel Aviv, will celebrate independent figures in the Israeli art scene and will display artworks that refuse the notion of “production.” Furthermore it will be presented through an immersive installation that aims at transforming the pristine white cube space into a collage of scenes and objects that are identified with Tel Aviv: from the streets of the Shapira Neighborhood to a semi-abandoned office building in the city center; from cheap plastic window blinds to a Barkan Mounts’s TV holder.

The second chapter, to be presented at the Dortmunder Kunsteverein in Dortmund (Germany) in 2021, will showcase artworks traveling inside suitcases and carried by the curators. This act underlines the desire to prioritize the movement of subjects, over the movement of objects. Therefore, the logistic aspects of the exhibition will acquire a performative tone and its manifestation in Germany will go beyond the premises of the institution, transforming the city of Dortmund into a set, hosting a plethora of minor interventions, ephemeral actions, private gatherings and public events – hosted by the curators, who will be acting as artists in residence.

Following the aforementioned conceptual and logistic frame, “Blade Memory” can be experienced either as a group exhibition, a three-person show, or a total artwork. This multifaceted position brings to the fore three main modes of operation: appropriating, as often happens with exhibitions curated by artists; blending, perfectly embodied by an exhibition-within-the-exhibition in which a painting show is presented inside a sukkah; and sampling, as described in the collage of scenes from different areas of Tel Aviv and perfecting summarized by the title, a Hebrew expression –זיכרון חרבות [zichron haravot] – which evokes the image of a stabbing memory.

“Blade Memory” is supported by Taboola and by the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo – Art Division; special thanks to the Roads & Lighting Department of the Municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo. For more information about the exhibition, please contact CCA Tel Aviv Content Manager Mona Benyamin at office@cca.org.il.

Image: Yaron Attar, Story of My Eye, 1985-1988, 35mm photograph, inkjet printed, 19 × 26.5 cm.