2015 Venice Biennale News

Here’s a First Look at the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

The Israeli Pavilion, Tire Walls, 2015, tires, cable ties, found materials

The Israeli Pavilion, Tire Walls, 2015, tires, cable ties, and found materials.

The 2015 Venice Biennale opens next week, if you can wrap your head around such a thing. Here, we offer you a first look at the Israeli Pavilion, with work by Tel Aviv-based artist Tsibi Geva and curated by Hadas Maor. Geva’s installation covers the pavilion in over a thousand used black tires, exported from Israel, and “impregnated with a distinct [odor],” according to the biennale’s organizers.

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The Israeli Pavilion, Tire Walls, 2015, tires, cable ties, and found materials.

“It is a multi-layered structure that gives way to Geva’s sophisticated play with notions of blockage and penetration, harshness and softness, western and eastern,” Maor said in a written statement, adding that “the Israel/Palestine conflict is not the subject of the works or the project at large, but it is embedded into Geva’s identity, consciousness and art in such a way that it could be described as an undercurrent motivating it, as has been the case throughout his career.”

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The Israeli Pavilion, Tire Wall (detail), 2015, tires, cable ties, and found materials.

Maor goes on to describe the arc of Geva’s work as “pervaded by the impossible complexity of Israeli-Palestinian existence, and is imbued with a painful, sober and harsh awareness.”

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Boidem, 2015, found objects, installation view.

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