Berlin Art Scene: Alona Rodeh's Exhibition Safe And Sound (Evolutions)
30 sep 2015 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Alona Rodeh presents the fourth and final edition of her exhibition series 'Safe and Sound' at the Grimmuseum in Berlin.
Curated by Mario Margani this exhibition centers around issues of vandalism, security and law enforcement that have been present in the artist’s previous work. Since moving to Berlin, two years ago, Alona has been closely following the local (as well as general) boost in various audiovisual methods of safety and security in the city and their adaptations into popular and subcultural aesthetics. Taking an informal path, her investigations reached deep into questions of involuntary reactions to origin and skin tone, the nature of being alarmed, the unwritten borders of authorities’ control, effectivity of pro-active self protection, social hierarchy of personal safety and more.
Safe and Sound (Evolutions), installation view at Grimmuseum, Berlin (2015).
Always fully inhabiting the spaces she works in, the relatively domestic nature of Grimmuseum allowed Alona to shift from her monolithic large-scale works into more detailed object-based techniques and elements. The exhibition includes a group of pseudo-figurative sculptures which form together a “family” of inter-related representations of social mobility. These are supported by staged, photographed images, taken from the 'Safe and Sound' poster series. In the heart of the exhibition lies a discreet video piece, which introduces a staged mental state of absorbing and being absorbed as a parallel means of communication.
Safe and Sound II, installation view at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2014).
The exhibition at Grimmuseum, is the last and most abstract episode of the 'Safe and Sound' exhibition series. In the first edition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2014), Alona presented a large-scale sound and light installation linking club culture and safety regulations in architecture. The second edition was a variation on the same project at Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (Israel, 2014). The third episode —currently on view— is a multichannel sound work and a monumental homage to the notorious Israeli "Iron dome” at Petach Tikva Museum of Art (Israel, 2015.)
The exhibition will run until the 17th of October 2015.
Glowing Battenberg Cake, from the Safe and Sound poster series, print on plexiglass in light box, 50 x 70 x 8 cm, edition of 5. © Alona Rodeh.
Alona Rodeh is a visual artist based in Tel Aviv and Berlin. She holds a MFA with honours from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Tel Aviv (2009). In 2011, her performance 'Chewing the Scenery' was presented at the Swiss Pavilion for the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2013, she was awarded the 2nd prize for Israeli Video Art and Experimental Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival (2013). She was an artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2013-14). She has exhibited in solo and group shows including 'Safe and Sound', Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv, 2014); Restate, NEO Bankside (London, 2014); 'Showtime' at Helena Rubinstein Pavilion - Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv, 2013); 'Above and Beyond', Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv, 2013); 'The Resurrection of Dead Masters/Barking Dogs', ARCH 2 (Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba) and as an off-site project of Plug In ICA (2012); 'The Etheric Body', Petach Tikva Museum of Art Collection Gallery (Petah Tikva, 2012).