Contemporary Agriculture in Israeli Art. Curator: Tali Tamir 19.2.2015 - 13.6.2015

Following a frost that struck Israel in February 1973, the Ministry of Agriculture ordered the destruction of the damaged fruit. Dov Or Ner, who had worked in the kibbutz citrus groves at the time, loaded the marked fruit on a truck, scattered it on a piece of land on the kibbutz outskirts, and plowed the rotting fruit into the ground, to fertilize it in preparation for planting grass. This act demonstrated an organic process of recycling or reuse, while raising questions about the risk built into the agriculture profession, and the interrelations between agriculture, economy, and bureaucracy. Twenty-five of the faulty oranges were packed in plastic containers and mailed from the Hatzor post office to various artists locally and internationally. In the accompanying letter Or Ner asked his addressees to follow the orange’s rotting until its ultimate decay, and to add a personal response in the medium of their choice, referring to the physical processes they underwent during the period in which the orange was in their possession. The agricultural point of departure gave rise to a psycho-physical discussion.