Escape Room, Group exhibition of young artists

Escape Room, Group exhibition of young artists

Shahar Afek, Dorian Gottlieb, Eden Hevroni, Efrat Hakimi, Niv Cohen, Gili Lavy, Dor Zlekha Levy, Guy Nissenhaus, Chen Serfaty, Tal Rosen, Iris Chetritt

Curators: Dalia Levin, Miri Ben Moshe Venezia

Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, May–September 2017

Text by Dr. Dorit Kedar

Man’s fertility or its loss.
Phallus, will, ability – all these are the symbolic armament of the man as fertile and fertilizer, as a warrior and a guardian.
A thousand years of supplication to:
Hermes, the Gods’ messenger,
Horus, the Egyptian God of the living and the dead,
Shiva, the Hindu God – annihilator and rejuvenator,
Native American Corn God,
Celtic god and many other divinities symbolizing the alpha male.
Woman’s fertility or its loss.
The woman as:
The Great Mother,
Earth bearing children in pain.
A mega seducer.
The aim of the conquerors and the one conquered.
The sanctity of a Mother.
The seductiveness of a harlot.
Similar and differing.

Thoughts about the principal of possession, indicating if an individual is an outsider or an insider within a social context. Awareness may change its characteristics accordingly.

Benevolent and malevolent forces, not necessarily counteracting, intermingled to form a dynamic jumble.
The great eye of God, as an eminent seer and protector avoiding all injuries and harm.
But the satanic eye, the eye of the hungry ghost, compulsive sexual drives, obstinate to hunt, trap, enslave and annihilate the tormented soul.
Therefore, fortified temples are founded; their thresholds guarded by monstrous masks to appease benevolent spirits which might change their demeanor and with no early warning become fatal assailants.

What exists will disappear.
What existed will not be.
Awareness wanders, secure or insecure, towards its certain elimination, lamenting its death.

Thoughts about a limited discernment.
Observing beyond a bright night to perceive a wild fervent star among trillions of similar systems.
Observing into the unreachable profound intestines of Earth.

Integrated sounds are put into practice by musical instrumentation, emphasize the principal of time and process within space.

Translators: Dorit Kedar, Tzach Ben Josef

Photographs courtesy of


About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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