Curator: Maria Veits
Participating Artists: Rimma Arslnov /Nino Biniashvili /Ira Eduardovna / Felix Kalmenson/ Sasha Tamarin / Vera Vladmirsky
Recent political and economic events at the post-Soviet space have produced a new wave of migrants to Israel. Though different from the 1990s, this wave is also politically charged and consists of people who disagree with the current political regime and seek an opportunity to stay connected to the global world. On the other hand, many Israelis who disagree with country's political agenda also tend to leave in order to stay involved in the international political, social and cultural context. Thus the process of constant forced moving in search of a better place, a dream land - which is a global survival strategy today caused by political, environmental, social and economic processes simultaneously happening in most parts of the world - is central to the project.
Dreamland never found addresses migration from the perspective of longing for childhood memories that intersect with collective history and returning to one’s roots in search of the past that is nowhere to be found as well as questioning what the future will be like. The exhibition brings together artists born in Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Russia, etc who will address issues related to rethinking and redefinition of the concepts of society, identity, exile, torn connections and belonging to one’s roots in today’s world when we witness large-scale processes of migration and reshaping of borders and nations. The exhibition also has a strong sociocultural and political component since it reexamines Soviet history through personal lenses and stories and reflects upon the drastic changes in the 1990s that forced many people to leave the country and juxtaposes with the current processes at the post-Soviet territory, which again faces totalitarian menace.
The exhibition is accompanied with a public program consisting of talks and discussions with journalists, researchers and recent olim escaping various political regimes.
Venue: Bezeq Building