This year’s Venice Biennale will kick off on August 29th and run through November 25th and will feature a pavilion from Israel called “Aircraft Carrier”. The collected work confronts the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture since 1973, and the American influences that made them possible. The curators of the exhibit, Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram and Dan Handel defined four major architectural phenomena that epitomize these changes: Signals, Emporiums, Allies and Flotillas. The curators invited five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers to reflect on these ideas. Participants include Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, and Jan Tichy and product designer Tal Erez. Stop by after the break to see some of the work to be featured as part of “Aircraft Carrier”.
The artists and photographers chosen for the exhibit collaborated with Tal Erez to create a sophisticated take on commercial merchandise stores, making thirty something products – each one representing a key event in the Israeli-American relations. In an architectural and social view, the exhibit brings a historical perspective to the development of Israel’s cultural and economic growth. The archived materials, mixed with commissioned artwork and custom-made products demonstrates the dramatic shift of Israel from socialist welfare state into a capitalist booming market is expressed and enabled by Israeli architecture.