Itay Ziv – the sixth artistic residence in the museum

fot. Itay Ziv

Itay Ziv deals mainly with photography and film. He is interested, for instance, in the boundaries between reality and fiction, as well as in the issues of personal, professional and social identity. Presently, while working on his doctoral thesis, he is studying the notion and phenomenon of israelism. He asks questions on the influence of this phenomenon upon artistic practice.

During the residence in POLIN Museum (24 November-14 December 2014), the artist will be making a film depicting efforts of Jews (in this case Jews from Israel) undertaken in order to be granted a Polish passport.

The film will mainly picture the certification procedures connected with the Polish citizenship and the official way of proving Polish genealogy. Ziv, who applied for the Polish citizenship several years ago, wants to make people directly engaged in the fulfilment of the applicable procedures the protagonists of his film.

The artist will also host a seminar entitled The Feeling of Belonging – the Artistic Acts of Escapism during which he will speak about the contemporary role of an artist undertaking the issues of remembrance and history. He will present this subject on the basis of his own creations and the creations of other artists expressing their views on the collective memory and political identity through acts of escapism.

During the seminar, he will recall attitudes and creative activities of such artists as for, instance, Ilija Kubakov (The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment), Bas Jan Ader (In Search of the Miraculous) or Hakim Bay (Temporary Autonomic Zone).

The seminar will be held on December 12, at 6.00 p. m. The meeting will be conducted in English.

The meeting with Itay Ziv during which he will speak about the effects of his work in Warsaw will take place on December 13, at 6.00 p. m., at the building of the Museum. It will be hosted by Paweł Smoleński, a journalist, reporter and writer.

The meeting will be conducted in English with a simultaneous translation into Polish.

More about the artist

Itay Ziv resides and works in Tel Aviv. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Visual Arts in Amsterdam and from the Bazalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Presently, he is working on his doctor’s thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

He is a member of such fellowship programmes as Stichting Schürmann-Krant and the Israeli Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. He is also a beneficiary of the doctorate programme in artistic research – TahTO.

Itay Ziv’s works were presented, inter alia, in the Jewish Museum in Munich, in the Art Museum in Haifa and in the Shay Arye Gallery in Tel Aviv.

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