Exhibition Tours & Meetings with the Artists

Tours and meetings with each of the participating artists will be held on Thursday evenings throughout the exhibition.
The tours are limited to 20 people and by registration only:

Thursday August 27th , 7pm – Ruth Patir – Register here
Thursday September 3rd , 7pm – Dor Zlekha Levy – Register here
Thursday September 17th , 7pm – Halil Balabin & Merav Kamel – Register here
Thursday October 1st , 7pm – Ella Littwitz – Register here
Thursday October 8th , 7pm – Gil Yefman – Register here
Thursday October 15th , 7pm – Yael Frank – Register here


Congratulations Karam Natour!

Excited to announce that Karam Natour, who is participating in Artport’s residency program, received the Kiefer Prize by Wolf Foundation for 2020!

The jury stated that “Natur’s works reveal common perspectives and worldviews as weak constructions that depend on the inadequacy of language provisions, versus its actual performance depending on varying circumstances ranging from body movements, weight, and sensations, to the artist’s relationship with his communities. Thus, the artist illuminates a general situation about our knowledge of reality and our participation in constructing knowledge arrays in response to the inadequacy of two different paradigms: the first, objective, in which we respond to the semiotic and scientific representations, the second, subjectively, in which our actions and experiences create realities.”

The Ingburg Bachmann Scholarship has been awarded by the Wolf Foundation since 1991, to encourage young and promising artists in Israel. The scholarship is given by the generous contribution of the German artist Anselm Kiefer.

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Congratulations Karam Natour!

Residency Updates

Artport’s Artists in Residence for 2021!

Amir Yatziv, Karam Natour, Roy Cohen, Tchelet Ram, Shahar Yahalom and Shai-Lee Horodi, our new artists-in-residence, have started their year!
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Artport’s Artists in Residence for 2021!


Years 2019-2020

Gal Nissim

Gal Nissim is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher who bridges art, science, and technology to create interactive work.

Nissim’s work is motivated by a deep fascination with humans’ relations with non-human animals. She examines these relations as instances of environmental harm and racism. Research and collaborations form the foundation of her creative process. Her work is directly inspired by recently possible technologies, natural sciences and environmental justice. While technology is often used to shield us from nature, she utilizes it to employ joyful and social justice-oriented ways to bring people closer to nature. As an immigrant feminist, Nissim is eager to raise conversations across borders and to tell the stories of those who can’t advocate for themselves.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide including, NYCxDesign festival at Time Square, New York Hall of Science, Jerusalem Design Week, Science Gallery Detroit, Media Arts Gallery, and Concordia (Netherlands), GStreamer Conference (Berlin, Germany).

She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Culture & Animals Foundation, NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, Microsoft Design Expo Challenge, Experimental Storytelling research group by NYU and Google, Tisch GSO, and the Weizmann Institute of Science for outstanding young researchers. Currently, she is a member of NEW INC’s Creative Science track at the New Museum.

Nissim received her Master’s degree from NYU’s ITP. While earning her BSc in biology and cognitive science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, she studied at Bezalel Arts Academy.

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Justė Jonutytė

J. Jonutytė is a Vilnius-based independent curator and producer. She holds an M.A. in History of Art from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Throughout her career, Jonutytė has worked in curatorial departments of Rupert (Vilnius), Tate Modern (London) and Jonas Mekas Foundation (New York), amongst others. She was a director of Rupert, a centre for art and education in Vilnius, Lithuania between 2013—2019. Recently curated exhibitions by Jonutytė include Jonas Mekas: Let me dream utopias (2019), Entangled Tales (group show, 2018), Lina Lapelyte: Pirouette (2017), Laure Prouvost: Burrow Me (2015), Double Bind (group show, 2015-2016), Dan Perjovschi: Time Specific & Lia Perjovschi: Knowledge Museum Kit (2014) and Dora Garcia: The Jerusalem of Europe (2013). Together with Paulius Petraitis, she is the co-editor of “Like There’s No Tomorrow: Young Lithuanian Photography” (2013, distributed by Motto Books). The focus of Jonutytė’s work at Rupert, in addition to the overseeing of all other programs, has been the formation of Rupert’s Alternative Education platform. For this program, Jonutytė has hosted an intensive public program of performances and lectures featuring Claire Bishop, Sebastian Cichocki, Dora Garcia, Travis Jeppesen and Mårten Spångberg, among many others, and has seen through the realization of numerous projects by participants. In addition to education, Jonutytė has significantly contributed to the establishment and expansion of Rupert’s Residency Program, having hosted almost 200 residents in the six years of the programme and more than 150 related events.
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Ira Eduardovna

Ira Eduardovna was born in Uzbekistan. She currently lives and works in NY. Eduardovna’s work reconstructs narratives of autobiographical nature and examines issues of migration and displacement through non-linear story telling. Eduardovna is the recipient of numerous awards including: New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts grant for film and electronic media, Israel Lottery Council Grant for Culture and the Arts, The Ostrovsky Family Fund, Jerome foundation travel and study grant, Artis Exhibition Grant. She was an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace NYC, Smack Mellon Residency Brooklyn NY, Art OMI - Omi International Art Center Ghent NY, FUTURA center for contemporary Art in Prague 2013 among others. Her solo exhibitions include The Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel) Chelouche gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) Loop Video art Fair (Barcelona, Spain), Cuchifritos Gallery NYC, Mo-menta Art (Brooklyn, NY) Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel), FUTURA center for con-temporary Art- Karlin Studios, (Prague, Czech Republic). Her work was shown in group shows at Galleria Arsenal (Bialystok, Poland), Oi Futuro Museum (Rio de Janeiro, Bra-zil), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), The Israel museum (Jerusalem, Israel), Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art (Bat Yam, Israel). Her video installations are in collections in Israel and abroad including the Israel Muse-um collection, Shoken Family Collection and private collections. She holds an MFA from Hunter College, New York since 2012.
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Gil Yefman

By deconstructing and transforming canonized familiar myths from varied beliefs and traditions, and creating fantastic realms where characters with elusive gender, sexual and political identities serve as alternative cultural heroes – I try to challenge and undermine the structured definitions and portrayal of the “other”, in order to explore and cherish the intrinsic potential of the extraordinary. Through a manifold spectrum of practices and media, and with a prevalent predilection for the craftswomanship of crochet knitting, I indulge in the therapeutic virtues of knitting as means to dwell on personal and collective traumas, as well as to reflect upon recurrent obsessive patterns in mankind's societies. The act of knitting resembles writing: long, rapid, carefully calculated and monotonous movements, a collection of syllables that create a narrative, the object. The texts and contexts become textures that suggest an alternative examination, reflection and interpretation to dogmatic translations.
Yefman graduated from Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem in 2003, and received a two year fellowship at the Alma program for Jewish culture studies, 2008-2010. He is the Rappaport Prize laureate for young Israeli artist, 2017, and awarded ​"The Young Artist Prize” given by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Science, 2010. Residencies programs include ​The Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan 2015, IDA Schir Residency, Hannover 2014, Fountainhead Residency, Miami 2014, Artist residency, granted by the NRW Kunststiftung and The Bronner Family, Düsseldorf 2011-12. His works are present in several private and public collections, among which: The Jewish Museum, NYC, The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Tel Aviv Museum of art, Herzliya Museum of art, Shoken Family Collection, Tel Aviv, The Bronner Family Collection, ​Düsseldorf​, and private collections. Selected solo exhibitions include​: “Kibbutz Buchenwald”, Tel Aviv Museum of Art 2018, “Body Of Work”, Haifa museum of art 2017, “The Third Dress”, ​Dana art gallery, Yad Mordechai Kibbutz 2016, ​“To Me You Are Beautiful - Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn”, Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC 2014, “H” The Container, Tokyo 2013, "In Return", Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv 2011. Selected group exhibitions include​: "​ Dread & Delight", Weatherspoon art museum, NC, 2018, “The Queer Biennale - What If Utopia”, L.A. 2018,​ “Violated: Women in Holocaust and Genocide”, Ronald Feldman Gallery, NYC, 2018, ​“Woven and Untangled”, Tel Aviv Museum 2017, "(SIGNAL)", Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY 2016, "Kumzitz", KIT museum, Düsseldorf 2016, “​Passage - A Day In Eternity", Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, 2015, ​“Otherness - I Is Somebody Else”, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris 2013, “About Stupidity” Petach Tikva Museum of Art 2013, “Galicia Mon Amour”, "Body Without Body", Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin 2011, “Animamix Biennial – Attract and Attack”, MOCA museum, Taipei, 2009.
Gil Yefman is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Art, NYC.
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Dor Zlekha Levy

Dor Zlekha Levy (born 1990) is a multimedia artist, specialized in creating Audiovisual installations, video art and performnaces. Sound is a core element in Zlekha Levy’s work. Ongoing collaborations with musicians are essential to his working process, from conception to installation. Zlekha Levy’s latest works are inspired by the history and the cultural heritage of Arab Jewry (Jews living in or originating from Arab countries). His works bring to life voices that are excluded from the Israeli cultural discourse in a way that allows them not just to be heard, but be listened to. He has held solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Hamidrasha Gallery and Braverman Gallery, among others, and participated in group shows at The Petach Tikva Museum of Art, The Israel Museum, Kunsthalle Stavanger, The Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem and others. His videos have been screened at international festivals as Ars Electronica and institutions as Kadist Foundation and ICA London. Dor had conducted several major events, combining live musical performances and Audiovisual installations under the title “Songs of The Next War” (Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem film festival, Soundart Pazaz). His videos have been screened at international festivals as Ars Electronica and institutions as Kadist Foundation and ICA London. In 2017, Dor recieced the Israeli Ministry of Culture prize for young artist. He is the winner of ‘Zoom 2016’ prize for young Israeli artist. His works are held in the collection of The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and in private collections.
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Halil Balabin & Merav Kamel

Merav Kamel (born in 1988, Israel) and Halil Balabin (born in 1987, Israel) are an artist duo based in Tel-Aviv, working together since 2012. Both of them received their BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem (Kamel in 2012, Balabin on 2014). Their works are divided into two types of practices — the first is sewing of dolls, and the other is site-specific installations. The installations deal with documentary and autobiographical content, through which they examine new possibilities of documentary representation. For example, how can the documentary film genre shed its cinematic identity, and how a human story can be told by using traditional artistic tools, without the use of a video camera. In contrast, their work with dolls brings out an associative way of thought — the attachment of different organs born of amputations, hybridizations and compositions that create a new object. They are mutations of lust and fantasy with a humorous tone, which mix together an array of familiar images: Cartoons, surrealism, poeticism, a mélange of the high and low, art history, and the conflicted and bizarre space of Israel. Their joint work cancels the masculine-feminine dichotomy of their works, and allows a fluid gender identity. An ever-changing, androgynous being is formed, with the ability to play more than one character. Their works has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Buchum Museum, Germany; Brno house of art, Czech; Pram Gallery, Prague; PM gallery, Dusseldorf; Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin; Untitled art fair, Miami; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum; Herzliya Museum; Bat Yam Museum; Ha’Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv; Givon Gallery, Tel Aviv; Inga Gallery, Tel aviv; among many other venues. Their works are included in a number of public and private collection such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Philara collection; Carry and Dan Bronner collection; Discount Bank collection; Roni and Allen Baharaff collection; Shoken collection; Ann and Ari Rosenblatt collection; Dubi Shiff collection; Alexander Farenholtz collection and other private ones. Both was awarded from Israel Ministry of Culture, Young Artist Award (Kamel in 2018, Balabin on 2016); Artis Residency grant; "Elhanani" Prize from Bezalel Academy of Art ; America- Israel cultural Foundation award for extra ordinary artistic achievement.
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Years 2018-2019

Savannah Gorton

Savannah Gorton (b. 1972, Santa Monica) is an American curator from New York, based in Copenhagen since 2014. Gorton received her MA in Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London (2004) in partnership with Tate Modern. For over 25 years, she has curated, commissioned, and/or contributed to a diverse range of exhibitions, performances, public programs, artist books, publications, and limited editions. Gorton trained at art non-profits including SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Whitechapel Gallery, and Creative Time, and has worked at The Kitchen, Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair (NYABF), and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Gorton currently is Co-Director and Curator at Forever & Today as well as Curator of Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin. In 2008, she co-founded the New York non-profit art commissioning organization Forever & Today with curator Ingrid Chu, featuring exhibitions and public programs at its Chinatown/Lower East Side storefront space. Forever & Today has also collaborated/partnered with Abrons Arts Center; ART2 International Platform on Contemporary Art, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York; Art Basel Miami Beach; Goethe-Institut New York; International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP); Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA); Performa Biennial; Printed Matter, Inc.; Participant Inc.; Swiss Institute, New York; among others. In 2018, Forever & Today became a nomadic curatorial office based between Copenhagen, Hong Kong, and New York. Additionally, in 2014, Gorton co-founded the non-profit “kunstverein” Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin, with editor and publisher Vanessa Adler. Hosted annually at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, the festival features 200+ international artists and art publishers, with public programmes, performances, and art installations related to artists’ books. Gorton’s curatorial endeavors have received critical coverage in Art Asia Pacific; Artforum; ARTINFO; Artnet; CNN; Die Ziet; Flash Art; frieze; Gallerist NY; Hyperallergic; Performa Magazine; The MIT Press; Modern Painters; New York Magazine; The New York Observer; The New York Times; Tagesspiegel; The Paris Review; Vogue; and Whitehot Magazine, among others.
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Diana Tamane

Born in Riga, Latvia in 1986. Lives and works in Tartu, Estonia. Diana Tamane works mainly with photography and video using autobiographical elements such as memory, everyday routines and personal events. Starting with tiny movements and awkward gestures she is following long roads from the East to the West of Europe. Often her family members are the main characters of her work. Though Tamane’s work might be mistaken as centering purely on the micro-cosmic, ultimately it deploys the personal sphere and family nucleus to reflect on wider, macro-cosmic issues: historical and political transformations, working class life, of changes in global production and consumption circuits and labour conditions, suggesting those momentous shifts that occurred after the so-called ‘end of history’, through a decidedly anthropocentric and highly personal narrative. Tamane has graduated from the Tartu Art College (BA) and Sint-Lukas School of Arts Brussels (MA). In 2015–2016 she attended HISK post-academic program in Ghent, Belgium.  Tamane’s work has been exhibited at Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Latvia), A Gentil Carioca gallery (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), CCI Fabrika (Moscow, Russia), Riga Photography Biennial (Latvia),  Triumph Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Kathmandu Triennial (Nepal), Surplus Space (Wuhan, China), Kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium), Tartu Art Museum (Estonia) etc. In recent years Tamane has received Kim? Residency Award (2019, Riga, Latvia), the Riga Photography Biennial Award (2018 Latvia), Outset Estonia - Estonian Photographic Art Fair Acquisition Fund (2017 Estonia), Development grant from the Flemish Government, Ministry of Culture (2017 Belgium), ’Friends of the S.M.A.K. Prize’ (2016 Ghent, Belgium) and was selected as Young Belgian Talent by FotoMuseum (FoMu) (2016 Antwerp, Belgium).
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Joanna Piotrowska

Joanna Piotrowska (born Warsaw, Poland 1985), lives and works in London.  Piotrowska’s photographic, filmic and performative practice investigates man-made environments and domestic spaces in relation to self-protection and psycho-physical relationships. Selected current and forthcoming exhibitions include Being: New Photography 2018, MoMA, New York, USA, We don’t need another Hero, 10th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany, SUPERSTITION, Museum Marres, Maastricht, Netherlands, Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu, Korea, Structures of meaning | Architectures of perception, Gateway, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Material Environments, The Tetley, Leeds South Bank, Leeds, UK, Big Towers , ICA Singapore, GAUDIOPOLIS , Off- Biennale, Budapest, Hungary, Untitled, Southard Reid, London, UK, These Rotten Words , Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK, Room, Sadie Coles, London, UK and Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK (2017); Give Me Yesterday , Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy, Frantic , Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal (2016); Hester, Southard Reid, London, UK, Jerwood and Photoworks Award Exhibition, Jerwood Space, London, UK (2015); s.w.a.l.k, Project Space, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK, What love has to do with it, Project Space, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries , Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK and Spike Island, Bristol, UK, Family Politics, Jerwood Space, London, UK (2013). Publications include Frantic by Humboldt Books (2017) and Frowst by Mack (2014).
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Rudolf Samohejl

Rudolf Samohejl (b.1987, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia) is a visual artist living and working between Prague, the Czech Republic and Brussels, Belgium. He graduated from the Academy of Art Architecture and Design in Prague. Samohejl classifies his works as “sculptural situations.” As opposed to installations, his works are moreso experiences than presentations, drawing their strength from an active audience and oftentimes incorporating audience interaction. Samohejl’s work is not restricted to any one medium or material – instead the medium and material are specific to the concept and space he is working with. In the past, Samohejl has worked with concrete, found materials, and 3D-printed objects, among others. He has worked in a wide variety of disciplines, including video, performance, and drawing. Samohejl frequently draws processes and aesthetics from design and architecture. He is concerned with the present and future, particularly dealing with issues of technology, urbanism, and mass consumption. He is most interested in the physical and mental impact of these systems on the individual. Samohejl’s works reveal to us what goes unseen. They reveal what we take for granted: the systems that shape our lives, and yet are too large and complex to question. His situations disrupt our habits, thus illuminating and creating space to question them. In recent years, Samohejl has created “natural virtual realities,” using low-tech materials to speak about problems in high-tech. He often employs humor as a method of disruption. The unexpected size and construction of his works may undermine the context that a viewer might rely on to understand the work, thus liberating their relationship to it. The core of Samohejl’s current work can be found in the human obsession with an abstract future and the obsessive desire to project itself onto this imagined existence. Samohejl’s work has been exhibited in the Czech Republic and abroad since 2010. He received the Jan Naaijkens Prize 2015 in the Netherlands and was a finalist of ESSL Art Award in 2013. Samohejl has completed residencies at such institutions as AIR Sandnes (Norway), Flow East Art Hub Prague, INI Project Prague, Space Called Place (Krakow, Poland) and Egon Schiele Art Center (Český Krumlov).
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