Artistic adviser: Ben Hagari
Participating artists: Orit Adar Bechar, Nadav Bin-Nun, Ori Drumer, Efim Graboy & Daria Turetski, Keren Gueller, Michal Heiman, Shai Hershkowitz & Maya Tiberman, Elyasaf Kowner, Ruti Sela, Avner Shahaf, Shay-Lee Uziel.
Children’s inner world, feelings, dreams, imaginary realms and idiosyncratic childhood experiences are some of the themes dealt with by the works on display in this exhibition. Childhood is characterized as a phase of primary curiosity, bountiful discoveries and endless nuanced wondering at the world and at its constituent minutiae. Perceiving the world through his or her senses, the child is greatly amazed by it and at times creates enchanting synaesthesias. However, childhood is also filled with horror and anxiety vis-à-vis an unknown new world. The wavering between these worlds, between amazement and fear, is reflected in the works shown at the exhibition.
Some works deal with language and childlike primal artistic aesthetics, and adopt them. The linkage between art, childhood and children’s artworks was established already in the traditions of early 20th century avant garde and modernism, which were vastly influenced by primitive art and the primal aesthetics of children’s paintings. Later, this same linkage is also to be found in American avant garde cinema of the 1960s.