The Bauhaus in Israel – from Utopia to Heterotopia
Eight Israeli photographers present the Bauhaus utopia in Israel in a critical point of view.
Participating artists: Gilad Ophir, Guy Raz, Judith Guetta, Eyal Ben-Dov, Orit Siman-Tov, Ariel Caine, Yaacov Israel and Yael Katz Ben Shalom
The international architectural style was planted in the main cities of Israel. As Israel is a meeting point of identities and cultures, one of the intimate crossroads between east to west, between tradition and modernism, the Bauhaus architectural style was planted in Israel like a foreign addition in a middle-eastern reality; the western vision of order and tranquility met the chaotic reality of the Middle East.
The exhibition will present the dilemma between east and west in the Israeli architecture through the point of view of artists photographers that sharpen the various types of the Israeli Bauhaus today and in relation to the imagined past. In the exhibition, contemporary photos will be presented beside historical photos, in addition to historical texts out of ideological manifests, interviews and critical essays.
The artists present around 50 images of 1x1 m. The historical material includes 25 photos and texts of 1x70 cm.
The exhibition is accompanied by two theoreticians of architecture – Alona Nitsan-Shiftan and Sigal Barnir producing historical photographic texts and contexts.
The group would prints a newspaper-catalogue that presents the project in a critical point of view. This "architectural" newspaper reminds the printed matters of the period of the Bauhaus manifests.
// Octocer 2007