Ayelet Carmi

Carmi was born in 1967 in Kibbutz Beit HaShita. She is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Her works are characterized by feminine figures in mythological settings, organic hybrids and evocative machinery. Based in traditional painterly technique, her works offer a complex take on the representational style of the Western tradition while opening up to a world of imaginary figments and metamorphoses.
Recently, she has been developing new work in video and performance in collaboration with artist Meirav Heiman. Carmi holds teaching positions at the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), HaMidrasha – Faculty of the Arts in Beit Berl College and The Tel Aviv Museum’s Meyerhoff Art Education Center.

A Person Worries

A person worries about losing his money / But he does not worry about losing his days / His money does not help / And his days do not return (Adam doeg al ovdan damav / ve-eyno doeg al ovdan yamav / damav eynam ozrim / ve-yamav eynam hozrim) This verse [composed of two rhyming couplets,…

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The journey of Alexandra, fictive twin of Alexander the Great, and her companions oscillates between Utopia, the perfect, absolute, feminine world for which the heroines strive, and tropia, the eye’s continuous deviation toward the transient, changing, fragile reality under constant danger of nuclear explosion. Solo exhibition, Gallery 39 in Tel Aviv, curated by Tal Lanir, 2008.…

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Ayelet Carmi’s installation transforms the gallery space into a kind of “ex-territory” within current affairs. The space, which is located underground, underneath the communal dining room, is woven into the open space that is an integral part of the daily Kibbutz routine, and gets treated as a hidden “secret room”, asking to tell a story…

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In Sphere, a strong and resonating environment, governed by feminine time, is created. Four women, each occupying a static frame on a screen split into 4, filmed in one shot, chant exhaling, and count inhaling, in native Hebrew, Arabic, Amharic and English, while moving in a circular, difficult motion, with the movement of a large…

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The Israel Trail Procession

Shot on site in Israel’s official hiking route, the work tackles layers of history, myth and geography by turning the Zionist ethos of “conquering the land with one’s own feet” into a taboo. A group of nomads marches on, aided by carts, machinery, makeshift contraptions and acrobatics. Slowly and painstakingly they conquer the road, making…

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