Tuesday: 12:00 – 17:00
Sat & Holidays: 10:00-14:00
Sundays: Groups only
The exhibition Wide Margins opens on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel. The exhibition centers around the relationship between periphery and center. Over the last few decades, China has been experiencing accelerated migration from the margins to the centers of the large cities. At an age of immense urbanization alongside the rise of neo-capitalism under a communist party government, those who can take advantage of the opportunities summonsed by life in the city, seek to build themselves a new life they could not have created elsewhere.
The artists featured in this exhibition explore the impact of financial prosperity and social changes on the people who live in the margins. In a country as vast as China, internal migration is dramatically different than that in a small country like Israel. In China, there is almost no way back after such a move. It seems that the distance and cultural differences between the margins and the center are insurmountable. The visitors to the exhibition can find in the works echoes of these hurdles and urgent challenges that face the Chinese people: how to balance conflicts between a nation state and the individual, between equity and the prosperity of privileged groups, and between the periphery and the center? These artists photograph from a historical awareness of acting at a time of exciting transformations. Morally driven by social and ecological solidarity, they wish to offer a change in the margins-center relationship with the power of creative, imagination, and sensitivity.
The exhibition comprises twenty-five staged or manipulated photographs and two video works, from the early 2000s to today. While these are critical and contemporary works, their artistic language nevertheless borrows from traditional aesthetic values, like meticulous compositions, fictional world, unfolding dramatic narratives, and more. The size of the works also resonates the tradition of Chinese painting and its unique large scrolls format, translated into the medium of photography.
For many years, photography in China had an important role in the national-internal consolidation, faithfully reflecting the state’s values. The thirteen artists participating in the group exhibition are the first and second generation of trailblazing founders in the field of Chinese photography. The works’ subject matters, as well as their means of expression, attest to a dynamic search for direction and meaning, both for the artists and for the society in which they live and work.
Guest curators: Dr. Shoshan Brosh-Vaitz, Zhang Fang, and Adi Yekutieli
Head curator: Shir Meller-Yamaguchi