ISCP Alum Keren Benbenisty at NADA Art Fair
Keren Benbenisty, U & I, 2006/2012, ink on paper, unique
Friday, May 4: 2-4pm
Saturday, May 5: 1-3pm
In each individual session, the artist and participant will sit together and collaboratively generate a unique version of the drawing U & I. Completing the exchange, the collector will leave the session with his or her own unique drawing. U & I begins as a dialogue between artist Benbenisty and the collector of the work. It is both a double-portrait and an intellectual, cultural and financial alliance/transaction between two people. The drawing will consist of two fingerprints, one of the artist and the other of the collector, connected by a line that will be defined on the spot. The line is a metaphorical "itinerary" between the places of origin of both persons involved in the making of the work. It will map the journey between past and present, origin and current location, using the most precise human marker, the fingerprint, as a gesture that is equally personal and bureaucratic.
Benbenisty transforms everyday objects into contemporary relics – cultural artifacts that investigate humanity’s attachment to language and conflict. She appropriates universal icons and symbols and reworks them into highly individual statements. Using drawing, video, and installation to explore contradiction and ambiguity, her work invests the conceptual with what appears to be its antithesis – romanticism.
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