Kunsthall 3,14

Following what Stavros Stavrides terms “communities in movement”, this edition of The Imaginary Republic considers the forms and fictions by which independent social configurations work as solidarity machines. In dialogue with questions of homeland and the citizen, “communities in movement” act as a conceptual model for nurturing thresholds and liminal zones, where borders function more as dynamic points of contact with others to produce “threshold subjects”.

Including participating artists whose work stems from an engagement with nations in transition, conflicted territories, and histories of autonomous cultures, questions and experiences of common power and hidden resistances are brought forward.

In collaboration with Kunsthall 3,14 the project will develop through a series of rough seminars to run from October 2017, where raw materials and speculative performances will be staged, posited and mapped in the gallery space. This will result in a final exhibition to open October 2018.

Participating artists:

Tatiana Fiodorova

Brandon LaBelle

Diego Rotman

Others to be confirmed

Tatiana Fiodorova is an artist from Chisinau, Moldova. She is also active as a teacher, curator, and cultural manager. Fiodorova’s work includes installations, live performances, public art, video and digital media. The content of her works tends to reflect the contemporary world in response to current issues: social, political and aesthetic. Very often she touches upon issues related to the local conflicts and problems of Moldova, such as the integration of Moldova into the European context and the problem of identity for the citizens of Moldova. Currently, her designs are associated with social interaction, aimed at creating spaces of intercultural dialogue.

Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. His work has been presented at Documenta 14, Athens (2017), South London Gallery, London (2016), Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), and Marrakech Biennial (2014). Also a prolific writer, his books include Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2015; 2006). He is the editor of Errant Bodies Press and Professor at the Bergen Academy of Art, Norway.

Diego Rotman (born in Buenos Aires) is a researcher, an interdisciplinary artist and a curator based in Jerusalem. His wrote his PhD, Performance as Cultural Critique: On Dzigan & Shumacher Theater (1927-1980) and his MA thesis, Yiddish Theater in Israel (1948-1983) under the advise of Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem and Prof. Yechiel Scheintuch at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also edited the book “Heara” on the independent art scene in Jerusalem together with Ronen Eidelman and Lea Mauas. In the frame of “Daat Hamakom” at Mamuta in Hansen House he curated together with Lea Mauas the Performance art events “Borderline” in the frame of the Israeli Drawing Biennale. He served as part of the academic team for the seminar: “MAPS: Representations of Place in the Arts” together with Prof. Edwin Seroussi, Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich , Dr. Hava Aldouby, Dr. Omri Ruah-Midbar, Dr. Joseph Sprinzak and Dr. Danny Schrire. His current interests in research and practice focus on performance practices that engage local historiography, folklore research, and art politics as well as Yiddish Culture and Yiddish theater. He is one of the two members (together with Lea Mauas) of Sala-manca, a group of independent Jerusalem-based artists that creates in the fields of performance, video, installation & new media since 2000. In 2009 the founded together with the Mamuta Art and Media Center, today based in Hansen House, Jerusalem.