Current Exhibit

Marie Hudelot, Camouflage aux Banderiiles, 2013
Marie Hudelot, Camouflage aux Banderiiles, 2013
Elinor Carucci, Love in the Time of Corona, 2020
Elinor Carucci, Love in the Time of Corona, 2020
Gideon Rubin, Braids, 2016
Gideon Rubin, Braids, 2016
Guy Aon, Free Standing Image, 2020
Guy Aon, Free Standing Image, 2020

UNMASKED

Mar 17–Jun 5, 2022

Group exhibition by artists Guy Aon, Elinor Carucci, Omri Goren, Marie Hudelot, Iddo Markus, Michal Pollack, Gideon Rubin, Julie Weitz | Curated by Udi Urman

Blessed are you, Spirit of the World, who unmasks the world that is around us and the world that is within.
—Jake Marmer, Poet

Unmasked explores the ancient, paradoxical relationship between artists and masks. The eight artists featured in the exhibit approach the concept of masking in ways unique to their cultures and identities. The historical context of masks will also be explored. Masks have been used throughout human history, intertwining traditions and collective identities, including during the Middle Ages, and when Jewish communities began celebrating Purim by wearing masks. In more abstract ways, Jewish people have often worn “masks” and disguised their identities, by changing their last names or physical appearances to avoid life-threatening antisemitism.

The use of masks in contemporary society will also be explored: masks have evolved from physical objects into digital filters flooding social media platforms. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, masks have become a major part of everyday life, saving lives and helping keep communities safe. They have also become a political symbol, bringing to the surface deep social tensions.


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About the Artists

Guy Aoni's work has been presented in five solo exhibitions and nine group exhibitions. He is a gallery artist at Rosenfeld Gallery and his latest performance work, Wearing Photography, was presented at the Jerusalem Art Conference at the Van Leer Institute (2019), the Holon Museum of Design (2020), and at the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation (2020). Aoni holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy in Jerusalem (2014). He completed an exchange program at the Mixed Media Department at The Slade School of Fine Art in London (2013), and earned a master's in industrial design from Bezalel (2019). Visit Guy's website.

Elinor Carucci was born in Jerusalem and lives in New York. She graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and her work has been included in exhibitions worldwide. Solo shows: Edwynn Houk Gallery, Gallery FIFTY ONE, James Hyman Gallery, and Gagosian, London. Group shows include The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Photographers' Gallery, London. Her photographs are included in the collections of MoMa, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, and ARTnews. Awards include the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Young Photographer, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Carucci has published four monographs: Closer, Diary of a dancer, MOTHER, and Midlife. She teaches in the graduate program of photography and related media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery. Visit Elinor's website.

Omri Goren is an academic and teacher, and an eponymous fashion and jewelry label. In 2013, Goren received his doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris, and he currently teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and the WIZO Haifa Academy of Design. Goren graduated with high honors from the department of Jewelry and Fashion Design. He worked in Paris for several years as the head designer of a company that produced evening wear. He returned to Israel to focus on fashion and jewelry, and he designs and produces items made of porcelain and metal. Visit Omri's website.

After studying film at the Montpellier Art School, Marie Hudelot took a course in photography and multimedia at the University of Paris 8, and earned a master’s degree in 2006. Hudelot has worked with numerous designers, artists, and news agencies, as well as advertising commissions. A finalist for many prizes, including the HSBC Award for Photography in 2015, her personal work has been published in the international press and presented in galleries including the Cent Quatre Paris, in the corridors of the RATP, and at European festivals. Hudelot continues to collaborate with Festival Circulations, which produced a memory game in limited edition, and is currently working on a monograph based on her first trilogy about identity. Visit Marie's website.

Iddo Markus, born in Boston, and living in Haifa, is a multidisciplinary artist whose works consistently invite viewers to explore the relationship between figuration and abstraction. He received BFA degrees from the University of Haifa and Beit Berl College, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. He has done solo exhibits, group exhibits, art fairs, and his collections are on display in galleries including the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Yair Art Gallery, Zemack Contemporary Art, Rothschild Fine Art, STArt, ZA Art Collection, the Oded Shatil and Leumi art collections, and Raw-Art Gallery. Visit Iddo's website.

Michal Pollak has been designing ceramics for over 35 years. Her unique way of working with the clay creates a signature look and feel for her art pieces. She embraces the un-perfectness of her designs, treats every scratch and every dunt in the glaze with respect, shining a light on them rather than trying to fix and hide. Visit Michal's Instagram

Gideon Rubin received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He has had numerous international solo and group exhibitions and is included in a number of prestigious international collections, including: Museum Voorlinden; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts; the Zabludowicz Collection; Ruinart; Fondation Francès; Rubin Museum of Art; Collezione Maramotti; and the Collezione Fondazione, San Patrignano. Rubin is represented by Galerie Karsten Greve; Hosfelt Gallery; Fox Jensen Gallery and Fox Jensen McCrory; and Alon Segev Gallery. ​In 2014 he received The Shifting Foundation Grant. Visit Gideon's website.

Julie Weitz is a transdisciplinary visual artist whose narrative-based cinematic works include live and multimedia performances, photography, drawing, and installation. Weitz has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, BOMB, LA Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic, and on KCRW. Her first solo museum exhibition is currently on view at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Weitz is a 2020–21 Cultural Trailblazer of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and a Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellow at Yiddishkayt. She has received past support from the California Center for Cultural Innovation, The Banff Centre, Asylum Arts, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Weitz teaches in Los Angeles and contributes to Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles. Visit Julie's website.

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