Vanishing Point

Seminal Narratives from the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent

The exhibition Vanishing Point examines modes of constructing national narratives, while addressing questions of collective experiences and memories and the ways these are formed. Through the examination of different methods the artists turn their gaze inwards – exposing, examining, and playing with the production mechanisms which nations uses to establish and distinguish their identity, culture, and heroes.

The exhibition’s starting point is a series of concurrent events that took place in the Middle East and in the Indian subcontinent in 1947-1948, which unfolded around the end of the British rule in these areas. Through the works of Israeli, Palestinian, Indian, and Pakistani artists, the exhibition explores these parallel timelines that originate in the early 20th century, and wishes to reflect on the possibilities entailed in the encounter between them from a contemporary perspective. Derived from the world of painting, the title of the exhibition alludes to the view that this artistic point of convergence has the power to create a perspective, or indeed – a perception of depth.

The artists in the exhibition explore and employ diverse cultural means used to shape history and a distinct national identity. The exhibition features Amir Yatziv’s video, Man With Two Beards, which is based on illustrations in Israeli and Palestinian textbooks; the works of Farid Abu Shakra, in which he engages with Israeli stamps and the various national symbols they present; Noa Gur’s work, which takes place in the Israeli Wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in front of one of the canonical symbols of Israeli art (the painting Resting at Noon by Nahum Gutman); Imran Channa’s piece, in which he examines the codes surrounding the clothes and appearance of the first governor-general and founding father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The exhibition Vanishing Point is a joint project of Artport and the Art Gallery at Beit HaGefen – Arab-Jewish Culture Center in Haifa. The first installment was held in December 2015-February 2016.

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  • Artist

    Farid Abu Shakra, Noa Gur, Thalia Hoffman, Amir Yatziv, Imran Channa, Scandar Copti and Rabih Boukhary, Tejal Shah

  • Curator

    Or Tshuva

  • Address

    55 Ben Zvi Road, Tel Aviv

  • Dates

    21.5.2016 – 14.4.2016

  • Opening Date


  • Opening Hours

    Thursday 12:00-20:00
    Friday and Saturday 10:00-16:00

  • Press

    The Jewish Indian Connection, Ha’aretz (Hebrew)

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