IEEB7 / Elana Katz: Lying with My Partner
The 7th edition of the International Experimental Engraving Biennial (IEEB7) with the concept Fabricated Histories. Fact and Fiction in Recent History presents the exhibition and performance by Elana Katz (DE), Lying with My Partner.
The project is developed with the support of Goethe Institute in Bucharest.
Exhibition and opening Performance: Wednesday, 15th of February 2017, 19.00h, Atelier 030202 (11 Sf. Vineri str., Bucharest)
Exhibition Period: 15 – 25 February 2017
Katz works with gravestones that she found discarded at a Berlin cemetery garbage. The stones are from an area of the cemetery dedicated to “victims” from World War II: the men and women were German soldiers, police officers, air force officers, prisoners of war, and civilians. Lying with My Partner is the artist’s second work connected with these stones, following her 2013 body of work Unnamed. Both pieces pertain to confronting the humanity of the nameless other, as well as the topics of concealment, protection, and memory. This new work emphasizes being, in stillness and perhaps even dependency, with this other.
Elana Katz is a conceptual artist working primarily in the medium of performance art. Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create an experience of unlearning the assumed. Her grants have included the DAAD Graduate Studies Grant for Germany (2010), Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011), and her ongoing work concerning historical erasure Spaced Memory (2011-present), in which she works in Romania. Moldova, and the region of former Yugoslavia, has been realized in cooperation with the Goethe Institute of Bucharest, Goethe Centers of Cluj and Iasi, the U.S. Embassy of Kosovo, and Embassies of Israel in both Serbia and Romania. Katz has exhibited/ performed at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium (2011), Diehl CUBE Berlin (2013), P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York (2013), Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (2014), Kunstwechsel, Aachen (2015), DNA Berlin (2015), and ROCKELMANN& Berlin (2016). She studied in New York at the Parsons School of Design and earned a Meisterschülerin title from the Berlin University of the Arts (Class of Katharina Sieverding). Katz has been based in Berlin since 2008.