Tamar Ettun: a nomadic body?

Tamar Ettun, One Thing Leads to Another, Performa 11, 2011

Tamar Ettun: a nomadic body?
Thursday, June 27, 2013

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

How does one start walking from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv once a month for two and a half years, and why? How is a phantasmagoric world created inside a hot air balloon? And what is the connection between dance, sculpture, Israel, Texas, and nomadic bodies?

One Thing Leads to Another is a three-part performance-installation piece created by Tamar Ettun. Rickety bodies playing music with found objects and moving from one side of an inflated hot air balloon to another is an absurd cabaret that connects people to objects. What happens when the body is exposed to life-threatening situations? The borders between body and objects dissolve.

Ettun will present ideas related to One Thing Leads to Another, in conversation with curator and artist Naomi Lev. By utilizing some of Ettun’s musical-sculptures, the conversation will finally evolve into an active-experimental-performance in collaboration with the audience. This is the second in a series of conversations at ICI initiated by Lev, focusing on art and artists from Israel.

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June 27, 2013

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
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Tamar Ettun

Tamar Ettun is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist from Jerusalem. Ettun’s solo exhibition and performances include: One Thing Leads To Another at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2013) and at Performa 11 presented by RECESS (2011); One Thing Leads To Another: Part 2 at Andrea Meislin Gallery (2012); Empty Is Also, in collaboration with Emily Coates for Performa 09 presented by the X-Initiative; Performing Sculptures at P3 Studio Las Vegas, commissioned by Art Production Fund (2013). Group exhibitions and performances include: Socrates Sculpture Park (2012); apexart (2012); Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2012); Herzelia Biennial ARTTLV (2011); Boston University Gallery (2011); RH Gallery (2011, 2012); The Queens Museum of Art (2010); Williamsburg Art Historical Center (2010); Center of Contemporary Art Tel Aviv (2009); and The Jewish Museum, New York (2009). Ettun has been honored by several organizations, including Art Production Fund, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Socrates Sculpture Park, America Israel Cultural Foundation, The World Performance Project, Artis, Yale School of Art, RECESS, and Triangle Workshop Residency. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010, where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. Ettun studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy, where she graduated with honors.

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.

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