Curator: Attoun Maya
7 May — 2 June, 2016
Inbal Egoz lives in South Tel Aviv, an environment that impacts her artwork and her involvement as a social justice activist. Through her artwork, Egoz attempts to point out local and global social issues, as well as sociopolitical systems and conditioning.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a full height turnstile (“carousel”) which screens, selects, and directs those entering and leaving public spaces. The artist invites visitors to cross the barrier between the two sections of the exhibition space. In this way, Egoz confronts viewers with the issue of borders as a foundational element in the society’s identity formation. The turnstile bars become the loom on which Egoz has woven boldly-colored tricot strands that transform the turnstile from an alienated, industrial object to something with a soft, handcrafted appearance. Through her installation, Egoz does not seek to soften the harshness of the action of passing through a barrier.
Instead, she attempts to connect it to scenes from the lives of immigrants and refugees in South Tel Aviv and the laborious tasks identified as “feminine.”