The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre will host the lecture Ironic Historiography: on Art, Nationality and In-between Identities by Dr Sigal Barkai on Wednesday.
Concentrating on Ironic Historiography – a hybrid notion, combining criticism of historical narratives concerning the Israeli state with ironic artistic expression – the presentation will deal with questions of identities of native Israeli artists who chose to live out of the country or to move back and forth to and from it, while also looking at the ways these wanderings are reflected in their artwork.
The lecture will discuss the work of four contemporary artists who produce artworks in diverse techniques, including video, performance and installation art. Yael Bartana, Erez Israeli and Tamir Zadok are artists who constantly deal with Israeli nationality and history in their artwork, using ironic components. In comparison, the lecture will examine the works of Mika Rottenberg, who is now a New York based artist. She is concerned with global social issues and neglected specific national identity altogether. All of them use visual irony as a means of reflecting and criticising society.
Barkai is the head of Visual Literacy – Arts Education Graduate Programme (MEd) at the Faculty of Arts, Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, Israel. She is a researcher and curator of contemporary Israeli art. She has published numerous papers and articles about Israeli visual arts from a feminist and sociopolitical point of view.
Since 2011, she has been serving as the national supervisor of art education in the Israeli Ministry of Education.
The lecture, in English, is supported by the Embassy of Israel in Cyprus.
Lecture by Dr Sigal Barkai on art, nationality and in-between identities. October 19. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 Palias Ilektrikis Street, Nicosia. 7.30pm. In English. Tel: 22-797400