Andrea Meislin Gallery is pleased to announce a 7th option, Ilit Azoulay’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. This exhibition will be presented concurrently with the artist’s participation in Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA).
The two related pieces that will be shown simultaneously at MoMA and at Andrea Meislin Gallery — Shifiting Degrees of Certainty and 7th option — are the result of the artist’s 2013 residency at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (KW). During the residency Azoulay embarked on an extensive process of historical and archival research of buildings across Germany.
Collecting and photographing objects and architectural fragments from the various sites she visited, Azoulay created Shifting Degrees of Certainty, an installation of 85 custom-framed photographs arranged in a puzzle-like constellation which Azoulay refers to as the map, spanning nine meters (29.5 feet), and accompanied by a sound entry for each piece. This expansive installation at MoMA functions as a visual inventory of the artist’s research while in Germany. It is from this visual inventory, or lexicon, that Azoulay constructed four new panoramas –which she refers to as options– including 7th option — an eleven-meter (37.5 feet) panoramic work.
On the occasion of her exhibition at Andrea Mesilin Gallery Ilit Azoulay will release a publication featuring a selection of fragments and objects with their related stories, as they appear in the work Shifting degrees of Certainty. Some of the objects that originally served to compose 7th option are now singled out and rearranged in a portable exhibition in the form of this publication.
This language of documentation draws awareness to the ways in which history is structured, determined, organized, and perhaps manipulated. Believing that architecture holds the histories of a place, Azoulay in her photographs combines insignificant forgotten objects and fragments of architecture encountered in everyday experiences, exploring ideas of destruction and conservation and new possibilities for visual and historical narratives. In the choice of digital photography as her artistic medium, Azoulay is commenting on the mechanisms of photography and exhibit-making to alter our experiences.
Ilit Azoulay (b.1972) lives and works in Tel Aviv. She is a recipient of the Gerard Levy Prize for a Young Photographer, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum. In 2014 she presented one-person exhibitions at the Kunst-Werke, Berlin and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and was nominated for the Prix Decouverte – Les Rencontres d’Arles. Azoulay’s works can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, The Israel Museum, the Herzliya Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Shpilman Institute for Photography, and many notable private collections.
Exhibitions runs from November 5 to December 19, 2015.