Intricate Affinities: Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art

Curator: Smadar Sheffi 15.9.2016 - 24.12.2016

In the last decade Ilana Hamawi has been working in charcoal, graphite, and eraser on paper. She paints clouds, and occasionally landscapes ranging between black, white, and grayscale. The works are made after color photographs she takes, from which she chooses details, moments, movement. Clouds are the place which humanity imagined to be the abode of the deities. Myths have been tied to this most widely observed natural phenomenon, pertaining to that which is invisible and uncontrollable. In art, clouds imply the realms of the sublime, that which remains impenetrable to viewers. Hamawi's clouds celebrate the memory of Titian's, Caspar David Friedrich's, and Turner's clouds. At the same time, they are here-and-now—one of the ways in which urban man may connect to nature. Clouds are forms that evade definition, spaces of refuge which undermine our perception of time: forever changing, forever present.


Ilana Hamawi, Sky #9, 2007, charcoal on paper, 80x120, collection of the artist