Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the Choir | Group exhibition

Curator: Maayan Sheleff
Sep. 26, 2015 - Dec. 26, 2015

Participating Artists: Željka Blakšic´ aka Gita Blak, Irina Botea, Chto Delat, Luigi Coppola, Effi & Amir, Nir Evron, Marco Godoy, Ilir Kaso, Tali Keren, Omer Krieger, Elie Shamir


The exhibition “Preaching to the Choir” delves into projects from the last decade by artists who worked with choirs, presenting them through films, video installations, performances, and workshops. Through a collaborative artistic process involving singers, musicians, writers, and activists, the artists examine and deconstruct ethnic and cultural pre-conceptions as well as perceptions of nationality. This choral-artistic whole fuses local musical and textual traditions with contemporary texts, some extracted directly from the political sphere. Temporal and contextual shifts produce new combinations of tune, text, and place, which are also manifested in the visual aspect of the works. The political function of singing is explored along the axis between the traditional and the contemporary: from religious ceremonies in which a “leader” guides a group with his voice, through traditions of polyphonic choirs in which different voices join together to create a new collective voice, to choirs that sing texts from demonstrations or economic blogs, like performative demonstrations that echo the protest movements of recent years.

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