In the exhibition held at Tova Osman art gallery, Tel-Aviv in 2015, Varda Carmeli attempts to overcome the evasive barrier separating past and present, so as to be able to sense past events in a more tangible way.
The theme of the Holocaust is a sort of idea-fix as the artist’s family was of German origin finding death because of the acts of hatred and racism.
An idea-fix which serves as a tool to expel the suffering and unquiet ghosts out of her mind.
Present views captured and photographed in Berlin of today; undergo a formal metamorphosis, aiming to thrust the viewers’ associations into the chaotic events of the past.
Empty chairs in a restaurant or a hotel, Valuable crystal house ware placed as orphans in a glass fronted display cabinet.
People are sized within nebulae, partially erased and distant. Dominant colours of black and white symbolize the artist’s psychological attempt to survive death memories and existential loneliness.
The title of the exhibition Déjà vu (Already seen and known) may mark the switch of awareness sunk in the past towards the present: The world has many more holocausts resulting of the dark side of humanity, loneliness and isolation.
Varda Carmeli – Website