Chicken Feet, Perfume & Tigers
Solo Exhibition @ Raw Art Gallery
Curator: Nogah Davidson
Tel- Aviv, Israel
“... we should remember that it is... the in-between [space]... that carries the burden of the meaning of culture... And by exploring this hybridity, this “Third Space,” we may elude the politics of polarity and emerge as the others of our selves.”
― Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture
In transitioning ones life to a foreign environment, inevitably issues of cultural identity arise. Daily life and basic human interaction become a constant puzzle to be assembled with pieces both alluring and mysterious. These distinct interactions shape us in our ever evolving development as social beings and re-define how we approach our identity in a multicultural society. In nearly every facet of our spiritual, emotional, and social development, a construction in the merger of our past upbringing with our present environment breaks down the monolithic categories of ethnicity and shapes our personal identity independent from a sole culture or nationality.
Through my work, I entertain the interaction of the familiar and strange which is often present when experiencing the cross cultural relocation of self. I aim to compose still lifes which reflect on my fusion into the foreign landscape in which I live by utilizing my own personal belongings from both Israel and Hong Kong. The importance of ritual, in both intimate and spiritual context, plays a key role in establishing ones grounding in these situations. My work exemplifies my attempts of such groundings through a combination of symbolic imagery and repetitious video works. Unpacking this cultural cluster, I explore the point at which what is exotic to me fuses with what is exotic about me; an experience which transcends my individual journey and becomes relevant as the idea of an international culture evolves.