Austrian artists Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond present a series of photographs created on the Tel Aviv shore last year. The artists shot Tel Aviv through the waves, looking toward the coastline. The works generate the sense of an imminent catastrophe threatening the familiar landscape – Israel”s only quiet borderline. The architecture of the hotel sequence is habitually photographed from a bird’s-eye-view, adorning touristy postcards that “sell” Israel as a tranquil recreation and holiday resort, as part of affluent culture. The point of view from which the artists chose to depict the city undermines the customary mode of presentation. It transforms the familiar, that which is marketed as Israel’s “normalcy”, into something unstable and threatened.
Anderwald and Grond have worked together since 1999, engaging in photography, experimental film and installation.