Photography: Nuno Martins, Noa Tavori
Still Alive \ Zaratan Arte Contemporary, Lisbon Aug- 2018
Curator: Gemma Noris
Zaratan- Arte Contemporânea is glad to announce the opening of Still Alive, a flash solo exhibition by Noa Tavori, artist-in-residency at Zaratan. Although she works with several different media, Noa Tavori is primary a sculptor - whether this characteristic expresses itself through the material, or the subject. At Zaratan she is presenting a project inspired by a commemorative statue titled "Mother and Son" (1951, Ein-Gev, Israel) by artist Chana Orloff, observing the traditional logic of the monument from a contemporary point of view. Opposite to a static monument, the character created by Noa Tavori questions the meaning of commemoration, the representation of the feminine, and even art history itself. Her statue has vanished from its base and wanders through the gardens of Lisbon, encountering other monuments, and thus creating an uncomfortable balance between here and there, now and then. By linking the concrete encounter with material objects in urban space, this “performative monument” may negotiate that vexed boundary between historical presence and distance, between the work, the viewer and the world, in intricate and illuminating ways. Alternating between sculptures, videos and photographies, Noa Tavori evinces the complex relationships between the innate material properties of symbols and their ‘real world’ meanings. oscillation between clinical literalism and abstraction.