Naomi Lev and Ohad Meromi

Ohad Meromi, Who Owns the World?, 2008, Installation View Harris Lieberman Gallery New York

Naomi Lev and Ohad Meromi
Thursday, December 5, 2013

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

New York-based artist Ohad Meromi will present his recent video Worker! Smoker! Actor! (2012), for its debut screening in NYC, followed by a conversation with curator and artist Naomi Lev on the ideas behind his sculptural, video, installation, and performative oeuvre. Applying literary works by Bertolt Brecht, and incorporating socialist doctrines as utopian manifestos, Meromi creates theatrical sites that build a relationship between architecture and the body. Born in Israel Meromi brings forth his own experience of community living by addressing the agenda of the Israeli Kibbutz through drama, literature, poetry, modernism, and sci-fi movies, creating a layered ambiance and sites of reflection.

In the video Worker! Smoker! Actor!, Meromi combines architectural vignettes and stop-motion sequences with live footage taken from his ‘Rehearsal Sculpture’ participatory workshops. This video follows a cigarette factory worker from her post at the assembly line, to her local supermarket, to her home, and later, when she gets ill, to a vacation resort where she joins yet another kind of a productive assembly line. The placards in the video use excerpts from Vsevolod Meyerhold’s “Biomechanics,” an actor training method, which imagines a utopia where the boundary between work and performance and work and play is eliminated.

This is the third in a series of conversations at ICI initiated by Lev, focusing on art and artists from Israel.

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December 5, 2013


Naomi Lev

Naomi Lev is a curator, artist, and critic who lives and works in New York and Tel Aviv. She specializes in collaborative art events that connect artists, curator, scholars, and architects from around the globe. In January 2013, she initiated and curated a conversation and a performative monologue with artist Jonathan Meese at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, hosted by the Bezalel Academy MFA program in Tel Aviv. In 2011, she initiated and artistically directed the arrival of Vito Acconci to Israel for a series of talks and panel discussions about art and architecture. Lev was also an Assistant Curator, locum for the Executive Curator, at MoBy-Museums of Bat Yam, a socially engaged institution, concentrating on research and development of future exhibitions and public programs. From 2008 to 2011, Lev managed Florentin 45 Contemporary Art space in Tel Aviv, curating and producing exhibitions that focused on Israeli contemporary art. She is a contributing writer for, writing regularly about Middle East art and artists such as Michael Rakowitz, DAAR, Yaffo 23, and Dana Levy. She has also written exhibition texts for Israeli artists Tamar Ettun, Dov Talpaz, and Dror Karta for their solo gallery shows in Tel Aviv and in New York. She holds a BFA in Fine Art from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem, and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Ohad Meromi

Ohad Meromi was born 1967 in Kibbutz Mizrah, Israel. Meromi received his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, and his MFA from Columbia University, New York. Since 2008 he has been a professor at the Bard MFA program. Meromi’s sculptures, installations, and videos have been exhibited in Art In General, New York; Harris Lieberman gallery, New York; MOMA PS1, New York; The Israel Museum; Public Art Fund, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Magasin 3 Stockholm; SculptureCenter, Long Island City; the 14th Sculpture Biennial, Carrara; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; 2007 Lyon Biennial; De Appel Museum, Amsterdam; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; CCS Bard; Serpentine Gallery, London; Reykjavik Art Museum; Moscow Biennial; CCA Warsaw; The Jewish Museum, New York; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; and Heidelberger Kunstverien. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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