Giyora Bergel, Elyasaf Kowner - Painting, photography, video

Giyora Bergel, Elyasaf Kowner - Painting, photography, video

Giyora Bergel & Elyasaf Kowner met a few months back in southern Tel Aviv, where they both have their studios, and became friends while discovering each other's artistic motivation and human background. Both in their forties, they are second generation to Holocaust survivors. The European culture from their homes soon mingled, and often conflicted, with Israeli dynamics of empathy and vulgarity. Both love it here and hate it here – boys who grew up happily and were given the chance to study at the Bezalel Academy; boys who went through the best and the worst during their army time ; boys playing with ideas and concepts, and at the same time raising issues of the utmost urgency.

Their work is prolific and eclectic in nature and style and it often seems like the production of various artists. Still, a closer look reveals their common thematic core: both artists deal with our identity as a corrupted nation in conflict, in a Mediterranean modern city full of life and color. This is what makes the "Allah Yustur & Partners" an encounter of a unique kind: calling on G. for salvation ("Allah Yustur") from the Israeli chaos , but also aware of a friendship rooted in Tel-Aviv culture and creativity.

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