Elie Shamir | Portrait Time | Portrait Time II

Curator: Aya Lurie
Feb. 29, 2020 - Aug. 22, 2020

Elie Shamir’s solo exhibition focuses on his portrait paintings and ongoing explorations in his work that offer a biographical insight into his birthplace, both ideologically and symbolically. At the heart of the exhibition is the notion of the Father, who is repeatedly portrayed, both expressly and metaphorically – ranging from a portrait of the artist’s biological father, the late Hillel Shamir, and various contemporaries of his; and of the artist’s grandfather, the late Mordechai Shamir, one of the founders of the moshav (cooperative village) Kfar Yehoshua; to paintings of burial and demise. The gradual erosion in the values of working the land and cooperative community is reflected in the family story of aging and parting from the artist’s father and grandfather and reflects in turn on the ethos built surrounding the founders and values of Kfar Yehoshua, Shamir’s place of residence to this day.

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