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Avital Cnaani

b. 1978, lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Winner of Excellence Scholarships from the Art College and the Bezalel Academy of Design and Art. Cnaani’s exhibitions have been exhibited at the Redtory Museum in Guangzhou, China, the Soma Museum, Seoul, the Kuandu Museum, Taiwan, the George Kolbe Museum, Berlin, the Municipal Gallery, Berman, Germany, the Israel Museum, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Haifa Museum of Art, the Petah Tikva Museum of Art, the Mishkan for Art in Ein Harod, Gallery 39, Maya Gallery, and more. Participated in the Harlem Studio in New York, the Mongin Art Center in Seoul, the Siena Art Institute in Siena, and the Asylum Art program in New York. Collections: Her works are included in private collections in Israel and abroad.

The source of Cnaani’s works is the body –

It’s heavy, it’s leaning, alive and dead. An oversized body whose ends are uncontrollable. The head hair is a separate, independent and animal body. The body is lying or floating. It was there, abandoned, long ago or a quarter of an hour ago. The freshness is felt in it, the memory is present.

Coincidental connections in various materials produce falling sculptures, crisp installations that register in space and movement space.

The drawings, some of them crowded, are laboriously added to the point that the heavy stain accumulates, sometimes, heavier than a sculpture. The later ones, made in an instant, silenced the world until the moment of the line, until the presence of the body in front of the page, then the one drawing was created.

Recent engravings were created sculpturally. The metal plates are cut and placed on top of each other, the press load pressing them into one mica. The drawing and engraving maintain a two-dimensional sculptural and spatial thought.