Tel Aviv

Talia Keinan

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

As the winner of the 2007 Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation prize, the most prestigious accolade given to an Israeli artist under forty, Talia Keinan has finally come into her own. After a few years of uneven explorations in video, installation, and drawing, she delivered an offering whose starts and stutters are an integral part of the work. Key to this coming of age is a motto Keinan has inscribed on her drawing book: “I had union with my closed hand, I embraced my shadow as a wife.” Taken from the Egyptian myth of creation, this cryptic sentence points to Keinan’s deepening insight about her own artistic process. Despite its brevity, it points to the paradoxical dimension of conception, symbolized by the impotence of the artist’s closed hand and the impossible desire for physical entwinement with one’s immaterial silhouette. Echoing these contradictions at the crux of creation, Keinan has

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