"The 16 Ways" @ Gallery Braverman, Tel Aviv. Israel.
Opening Friday 25 April 2008, at 12:00 pm.
The show explores, through the different installations, sexual and pornographic issues and their relation to urban and domestic life, suggesting the reciprocal influence between the two areas, which reflects on modernisation, industrialization and questions of gender and body perception.
The installation Urban Pornitecture, (see image above) depicts 16 maps of major capitals around the world (among them Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, London, Moscow and others) which combine explicitly sexual, pornographic images with road maps and iconic architectural symbols. Here the conceptual strategy builds on concealing and revealing, uncovering even only for a moment that which the body does not show and the space hides: desire, sensuality, fears, the invisible relationships that tie us to each other with strange and exceedingly strong geometries. The eternal dialectic – between inside and outside- touches on the existential, philosophical, and even the architectural spheres: the body and the home. The drawings in the “Urban Pornitecture” seem to be maps for lovers who have lost their way; here, the intimate vision and recognition of a place that is only apparently neutral is entrusted to sexual exchange. Love is consumed behind each window; in the dark of a room we allow ourselves freedoms that are unimaginable to others.
The work on Rubiku’s show in Tel Aviv began when she was invited last September to participate at the JCVA residency programme in Israel. During her stay in Tel Aviv, the artist chose to work on her project The 16 Ways with a group of five Ethiopian embroiderers. The project involved a complex but fascinating process of stitching delicate hand-made paper boxes, portraying erotic positions. The Ethiopian community, which became part of the Israeli population in the late 80’s, has a long and rich tradition of colourful imagery embroidery.
Anila Rubiku, born in Albania, lives and works in Milan, Italy. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, Albania (1994) and from the Academy of Brera, Milan, Italy (2000). She was awarded with the bursary “Artists in Residence” from the Leube Art Programin Salzburg. She has attended master courses by Renée Green and Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, Austria. She won the ArtsLink Residency October- November 2008 NY, (USA). She has participated in major exhibitions such as: Panoramic Views, Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Micro narratives, Museum of Sant Etiene, France; The thread as the line: Contemporary sewn art, Ellipse Arts Centre, Arlington, Virginia, USA; Women’s Images/Frauenbilder, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany (2008); Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan; Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Japan; Das Pferd erzählen, Kunsthalle, Göppingen, Germany; Something in common, Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; Travelling Light. Nothing to lose, Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Place for the Self, Apexart, New York.