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Maayan Sheleff
معيان شيليف
.About: 
Was a Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, and assistant Director and faculty at the international Curatorial Studies Program of the Kibbutzim College of Education and the CCA, for the last 4 years. She curated many exhibitions and projects in various institutions and in the public sphere, among them she was co- curator of ARTLV- the 1st Tel- Aviv- Yaffo Biennial (2009) and was the curatorial consultant for the opening event of the Tel Aviv Art Year (2012). She was the director and chief curator of Line 16, a community gallery for contemporary art for 4 years.  She participated in ICI's ( Independent Curators International, NY) curatorial intensive 2010- curating in the public realm, and received full grant to participate in “Truth is Concrete”- 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art, Gratz, Austria, September 2012. She is the recipient of ISCP’s (International Studio& curatorial program, NY) 2012 Curator Award. She teaches curating and social practice in the Kibbutzim College of Education and at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television school, Jerusalem
 

 

.Artist statement: 
Over the years, my guiding principle has been dealing with social and political
issues in a site-responsive manner. I am interested in how artistic explorations of particular environments could be made to reflect larger political and social issues, without losing art's aesthetic and poetic autonomy. I had the opportunity to examine the possibilities of a long-term dialog with a specific environment when I was appointed director and chief curator of Kav 16, a non-profit space located in a community center of a neighborhood of Tel Aviv, which has a history of political and social struggles. I chose to address this unique location with exhibitions that constantly attempted conversation with the neighborhood’s residents.
During these years I was also commissioned by municipalities and museums
to curate large scale exhibitions in the public sphere, which allowed me to examine the meeting point between art and reality from a different perspective. These experiences taught me some of the many complexities of social practices and public art, but also the impact it could have on people’s thoughts and assumptions.
For the last four years I have worked as curator at the Center for
Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, one of the most prominent non- profit institutions in Israel, which has been crucial for the local development of Video Art and Performance since the 1990s. In search of a potent political statement and its manifestation through these mediums, one of my recent projects was "Prolonged Exposure"- an exhibition of video installations and films dealing with Trauma and testimony. The featured Israeli and international artists chose to blur the boundaries between documenter and documented. The literalizing and undermining of traditional power relations implied a change in existing power structures: strong vs. weak, heard vs. silenced. This shift called upon the viewers to reconsider their passive position in the power relations of representation, and to take a more active position in their
realignment.
However, living in the current Israeli social and political climate, with creative
uprisings and protests on one hand, and increasing polarization and conflicts on the other, I feel it is time to reexamine the ways art can effect reality. I'm currently looking for new methods of curatorial practice, which will enable art to become a more potent agent of social and political change. Recent cultural trends and technological developments such as social media, crowd sourcing, net art or interactive documentaries, have opened new worlds of social engagements. These new practices encourage me to search for innovative platforms that will make social art practice accessible to larger and more diverse crowds than it was before.
Maayan Sheleff
 

 

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