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Friday, April 24, 2015, 6.30 pm

Dor Guez in conversation with Nicola Trezzi

Common Grounds: Artist Talk

Admission free.
Artist Dor Guez (Jerusalem/Tel Aviv in conversation with Flash Art editor at large Nicola Trezzi, on the occasion of the German premiere of Guez’s installation The Painter, the first chapter of his cycle The Sick Man of Europe.

The Painter is currently on view in the exhibition Common Grounds at Museum Villa Stuck. Dor Guez examines conceptual byways and narrative motifs in order to enrich collective visual memory. „The Sick Man of Europe” is a term taken from the end of the 19th century to describe the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Guez uses it to examine the military history of several states in the Middle East through the stories of artists who were recruited to the army and took part in various 20th century wars.

Guez's work raises questions about contemporary art's role in narrating unwritten histories, and recontextualizing visual and written documents.The artist's cultural heritage, Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian, is reflected in his artistic interest. In 2009, Guez founded the Christian-Palestinian Archive (CPA), the first archive devoted to the Christian-Palestinian minority of the Middle East. Guez’s concept involves a complex system of reference. He offers an individual narrative and apreserves images.

Dor Guez (b. Jerusalem, 1983) is an artist, a scholar, and the head of the Photography Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. His installations combine diverse modes of video and photographic practices.His work has been the subject of over 25 solo exhibitions around the world, including at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Jewish Museum, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Rose Art Museum, Boston; Artpace, San Antonio; The Mosaic Rooms, London, ICA, London, and more. His work has also been featured in group shows at the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; 17th International Contemporary Art Festival, Videobrasil, Sa'o Paulo; the 3rd Moscow International Biennale, Moscow; Biennale Benin, Cotonou; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; and Maxxi Museum, Rome, amongst others.

Nicola Trezzi (b. Magenta, Italy, 1982) is an educator based in Tel Aviv. Until 2014 he was US editor at Flash Art International, New York Desk editor at Flash Art Italia, associate editor at Flash Art CZ&SK and consulting editor at Flash Art HU. Beside Flash Art, his writings appeared in Il Sole 24 Ore, Monopol, Flatt, erev-rav.com, biweekly.pl, White Fungus, and in various catalogues. He is curator of numerous exhibitions. He is currently head of the MFA program at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem/Tel Aviv and Flash Art’s editor at large.

»Common Grounds«, includes works by Abbas Akhavan, DAAR, Parastou Forouhar, Babak Golkar, Dor Guez, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Hazem Harb, Susan Hefuna, Bouchra Khalili, Sophia Al Maria, Ahmed Mater und Nasser Al Salem, is on view until May 17, 2015.