“The Promise: Artists to Benefit CCA Tel Aviv” is a group exhibition including artworks by Diti Almog, Yael Bartana, Keren Cytter, Yael Efrati, Asaf Elkalai, Noa Glazer, The Haas Brothers, Reuven Israel, Liora Kaplan, Esther Kläs, Alex Mirutziu, Jordan Nassar, Karam Natour, Ruth Patir, Pratchaya Phinthong, Yana Rotner, Barak Rubin, Haim Steinbach, Nahum Tevet, Naama Tsabar, Sharif Waked, Alexandra Zuckerman, Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof.
Displayed throughout the entire building, “The Promise” sheds light on the history and program of this Institution, presenting works by artists who exhibited at CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo in the past – often showing exactly the same works – as well as works by artists who will exhibit in the future and artists whose work is in tune with the atmosphere of the exhibition. Placed under the same roof, these works of art have been gathered to benefit the program of the Center as well as the artists who helped make this exhibition happen in such challenging and unprecedented times.
Despite the fact that all the artworks presented in the exhibition were created before the spread of Covid-19, many of them suggest that art making is an act that is carried out, ultimately, in solitude, privately, with no direct connection outside the self. This approach – which acquires, in the current scenario, additional layers of meaning – was honored by the co-curators, who decided to select the works in tandem and developed their own interpretation of the title, and its related articulations, without discussing these with each other. Furthermore, the exhibition’s title implies the notion of a “Promised Land” –which has been adopted by such radical thinkers as Martin Luther King – a notion conceived in deeply universal terms, since it defines a state of liberation, a “holy site,” a free territory – where “free” means freedom of thought and freedom of expression. At the same time, it also becomes a metaphor for the role of art institutions, and CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo specifically, being the site (the land) of the sign (the promise) of engagement and support that is bestowed on the artist by the institution itself and by those who represent it.
The Promise is co-curated by Nicola Trezzi and Thomas Rom.
The exhibition is accompanied by printed matter in Hebrew, Arabic and English and a digital catalogue with content in English, to be printed on demand.
“The Promise: Artists to Benefit CCA Tel Aviv,” 2020
View of the exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo
Photo: Eyal Agivayev
The Promise: Artists to Benefit CCA Tel Aviv
November 27, 2020
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