A solo exhibition by Ilana Salama Ortar
It’s been 25 years since Ilana Salama Ortar first conceptualized her project on the destroyed Villa Khury’s erasure from public memory. The fortified Villa Khury was the last Arab stronghold in Haifa, Israel, during the 1948 war, and its fall signaled Jewish victory in the city. In 1979, a monumental modernist mall called The Prophets’ Tower was erected on the site of the Villa.
Through participative installations at The Prophets’ Tower mall, the artist initiated a reflection on memory in Haifa within the Jewish and Arab populations.
The exhibition reflects the current situation: »everybody is here, no one is going anywhere. Israel and Palestine are locked in a fatal embrace; what affects one will affect the other. The communities must find a way to coexist, knowing that the only alternative to coexistence is violence.«
Ilana Salama Ortar’s exhibition includes various elements: her brand-new documentary film with testimonials she recorded inside and outside the remnants of the once-splendid commercial center of The Prophets’ Tower; an animated circular diagram that traces 100 years of flux between violence, rejection, and acceptance in Israel/Palestine; an installation based on the artist’s self-recollection of war and peace; memory and oblivion; a blown-glass capsule; an architectural model, and works on paper.
Ilana Salama Ortar is a visual artist and researcher in in the area of performance art in public space. With a Ph.D. from Roehampton University, London/Great Britain (2008) and an MA from Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Israel (1986), Ortar creates performative installations on forced displacement. Her focus lies on uprooting, refugeeism, immigration, and exile in zones of conflict (war, occupation, and ghettoization). The work uses encounters with the public to explore the effects of their experiences through video, sound, drawings, paintings, and architecture. Ortar has given numerous lectures and workshops, and has been a research fellow and guest professor at different universities and institutions. She has presented her work in countries including France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Palestine, and the United States.
On October 15, 7 pm, Ilana Salama Ortar will talk about her work and guide the audience through the exhibition.
Opening: September 12, 2019, 7 pm
On view: September 12–October 20, 2019
Opening hours: Thu 5–7 pm, Sat/Sun 2–6 pm
and prior to appointment by telephone +49 (0)711 996 19 474
Guided tour and artist talk: October 15th, 2019, 7 pm