26.03.09 | 01.12.10
Untitled (Ephesus Artemis)
Eden Bannet interprets the role of “artist-tourist” in an ironical way, with a critical and detached look, indispensable to seize the differences and fascinations of far-off realities.
One is introduced to her estranging modus operandi with The Beginning: The artist is born in her Hotel Room, a video realized even before knowing the city of Naples, yet “savouring” its chaos from inside: her hotel room becomes the incubator of her own expectations. Luminous, to some extent surrealistic, the hotel’s room is nothing but a container of transitory meanings. Like the museum, it is a “container” that is filled with meaning through the artist’s transit. It is a dematerialising strategy whose matter counterpoint are the frottage of the manholes that deluge Naples’s streets, the result of a series of the artist’s “daily performances” amongst the city’s streets. From being a symbol of the socio-urban decay the manhole becomes a trap door/ a diaphragm/ a point of access into another city and it fills itself with unexpected aesthetic values. Naples stratification, result of its millenary history, is one of the aspects that most fascinated the Israeli artist, to the point that she established visceral relationships with its inhabitants and with its underground, full of tangles and mysteries.
Interested in the materials’ inner meaning and in the history hidden inside the objects, Bannet creates sculptures with found objects that activate an osmosis between the urban chaotic life and the Apollonian calm of the museum: The Ephesus Artemis of the nearby Archaeological Museum is transformed in a precarious and ironical installation.
Eden Bannet was born in1980 in Tel Aviv, where she lives and works. Selected exhibitions: 2009 Fucking Tourists!, ReMap Project, Parallel to the 2nd Athens Biennale, Athens, ...
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