Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University presents “Nir Evron: Projected Claims” Nov. 6, 2015, to Jan. 17, 2016, at the university’s Depot Gallery, 814 W. Broad St. The ICA is curating various projects throughout the city and beyond while its building is under construction in Richmond’s downtown arts district. This exhibition, ICA Curator Lauren Ross’ first for the institution, examines the architecture and built environment of Israel and the broader region through photography and film.
“Projected Claims” also will serve as a springboard for classes that Evron will teach in the Department of Photography and Film as the fall 2015 Artist in Residence at the acclaimed VCU School of the Arts.
Working in film, video and photography, Evron explores the intersections of history, culture, politics, identity, religion and shifting borders, primarily focused on his native Israel and its areas of conflict. “Projected Claims” examines these sweeping forces through landscape, architecture and city planning. The exhibition will feature a combination of new and recent works, including three projected videos — “In Virgin Land,” “Oriental Arch” and “A Free Moment” — as well as selections from “Threshold,” a series of doubly exposed black-and-white photographs, making its debut here. Evron shot this series in Rawabi, a Palestinian city under development in the West Bank. Evron’s photographs layer double exposures of windows and doorways of the city’s buildings under construction. The artist’s focus on architectural thresholds echoes the fragile status of the city, itself on the threshold of existence, and demonstrates the artist’s mastery of film, video and photography, combining technical craft with rigorous conceptual exploration.
“Nir’s work is an excellent precedent for the thought-provoking contemporary art from around the world that we plan to present at the ICA,” says Director Lisa Freiman, Ph.D. “Art touches upon many diverse aspects of contemporary life. We’re committed to sharing today’s most dynamic art with the general public, while at the same time cultivating strong involvement with faculty and students from a range of disciplines throughout the university. We are very pleased to partner with the School of the Arts to bring Evron to VCU and to Richmond.”
Evron’s work focuses on sites in states of growth and decline, whose locations and histories make them inextricably bound with the politics of contested ownership and function. For example, “Oriental Arch” and “A Free Moment” were both filmed at sites in Jerusalem that changed control after the Six Day War in 1967. “In Virgin Land” explores claims to the Holy Land throughout the course of history.
“I am incredibly excited to bring Nir Evron’s work to Richmond,” says Ross. “The strange beauty of the work is immediately captivating, but it is Nir’s subtle yet powerful engagement with complex subjects that truly resonates.”
The ICA, under construction at one of Richmond’s most visible intersections, will be a combination exhibition and performance space, laboratory and incubator for the presentation of visual art, performance and film by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the ICA is a noncollecting institution that will present an array of different media and practices, mirroring the VCU School of the Arts’ cross-disciplinary approach.
Ross curated “Nir Evron: Projected Claims” during her tenure at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it will run from May 3 to Oct. 17 with support from The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Artis Grant Program. Ross expanded the exhibition for the ICA’s presentation at the Depot Gallery with additional support from The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Evron’s residency at VCU is made possible by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel, and by the VCU Global Education Office through a 2015-16 Quest Impact Award.
Nir Evron: Projected Claims
The Depot Gallery, 814 W. Broad St.
Nov. 6, 2015 - Jan. 17, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pictured above: Threshold (frame #22), 2015, Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv.
For more information about the ICA, please visit ica.vcu.edu.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.
About the Institute for Contemporary Art
The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University is a noncollecting institution that showcases a fresh slate of changing exhibitions and programs. The ICA is a place to explore new ideas, providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and the world. Mirroring the increasing emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies across VCU, the ICA has created a new environment for artists and scholars from around the world to test ideas. As a university-wide resource, the ICA links campus, community, and contemporary artists by supporting local creative communities, engaging an international network of contemporary artists and organizations, and encouraging collaborations with VCU departments, faculty, students and the Richmond community. The ICA is a responsive institution that offers a broad range of artistic perspectives with the goal of questioning assumptions and encouraging critical discourse. For more information on the ICA, please visit icavcu.org.
About the artist
Nir Evron (b. 1974, Israel) lives in Tel Aviv. He has had solo exhibitions at LAXART in Los Angeles; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Herzeliya Museum of Contemporary Art; among other venues. His work has been included in group exhibitions at such venues as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Neuberger Museum of Art, and has been included in many international exhibitions, including the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); The International Center of Photography Triennial in New York (2013); and the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010). His work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; The Israel Museum; and The Tel Aviv Museum. Evron is the 2015 recipient of the Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts, a biannual prize awarded to Israeli artists. Evron received his BFA in photography and media from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and his MFA from the Slade School of Art in London. Since 2007, he has been a professor of photography at Bezalel. He is represented by Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv.