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Culture & Context How ‘The Seven Good Years’ Resonates in Tunis
Monday, October 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join Shirel Horovitz and Rafram Chadad for an exclusive, live walk-through of Chadad’s current exhibition, “The Seven Good Years,” at the B7L9 gallery in Tunisia. Explore the artworks firsthand as Chadad explains the inspirations and stories behind them. The event concludes with an intimate conversation discussing the art, the auxiliary events that enrich the exhibit, and the public reception in Tunis.
Rafram Chaddad (b. 1976) Born on Djerba, an island off the coast of southern Tunisia and grew up in Jerusalem where he completed his art studies. Since 2005 he has been working on his art practice mostly between Europe, Israel and based in Tunisia in the last 8 years. In 2010, while working on a Jewish heritage project in Libya, which focused on documenting the remains of Jewish Libyan communities, he was kidnapped by the Libyan secret police and was held for six months in the notorious Abu Salim prison. Later on, Chaddad wrote an account of his incarceration, titled, “Rafram’s Guide to the Libyan Prison,” published with Am Oved publishing. Since 2019, he has been conducting research for Leftovers, an upcoming book investigating how food practices in cities formerly occupied by the Ottoman Empire are inter-connected. The book highlights recipes particular to each place and oral histories around food-making that challenge the nationalization of food and encourage us to approach food as a shared experience. Rafram’s work reflects on his personal life experiences and comments on broader socio-political issues including migration and displacement, identity and belonging. Over the past twenty years, he’s created dozens of short films and installations, which have exhibited worldwide in cultural institutions, galleries, and museums, including: Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf; Kunstraum, New York; Kayu Lucie Fontaine Gallery, Bali; Lucie Fontaine, Milan; ArteEast foundation, New York; Halle 14, Leipzig; and Zalatimo, east Jerusalem. Chaddad has held solo shows at the Mucem Museum in Marseilles and the Maximilian Forum in Munich, among others. Since 2021 Chaddad has been a guest critic in the MFA program of Columbia University.
Shirel Horovitz is a multidisciplinary artist artist who uses installations and performances to create deliberate interruptions in daily life, proposing alternative rituals and spaces for reflection. With a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and an MA from The Interdisciplinary Art Program in Tel Aviv University, she is a recipient of the Rabinovitch Art Fund Foundation Prize (2018). Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and art festivals in Israel and the US.
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