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Aliyah Market – An Exhibition by Tsahi Hacmon and Ishai Shapira Kalter

by Anna Kopito | 15.10.14

The community in South Tel Aviv has it’s own atmosphere entirely. An area inundated with crumbling facades, refugees and now, hipsters looking for a new place to start a new hub – Tsahi Hacmon and Ishai Shapira Kalter have curated an exhibition studying the very nature of what this place means to the Eritrean community in this area. Looking at how the Eritrean people in this area have tried to bring their home culture to a new place, a place where their suffering is most often overlooked as they are treated as labour immigrants and how this has affected their aspirations – not looking to fit into a ‘self-accomplished’ Western Society which simply did not exist to them before their arrival in Israel.

Setting up the space [Sta Art Gallery] as a working installation, the creators want us to see the duality of life for these people – coming from Africa to the Westernised Middle East. To see the colour, the dust, the atmosphere of a community who are digging out their own idea of what it is to live in this city. Tinged in a red light, decked out with a humming refrigerator and the ever necessary red of coke bottles – this installation immerses it’s viewers in it’s ambience. There will also be a display of Isahi’s musical film We Are All Americans which looks at the transformations of American style Hip-Hop and the impacts it has on these newly aspirational communities.

For more details, visit Sta Art Gallery’s Facebook.

Film still frm 'WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$' By Ishai Shapira Kalter, 21 min, credit for cinematography - Dan Bronfeld 1

Film still frm 'WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$' By Ishai Shapira Kalter, 21 min, credit for cinematography - Dan Bronfeld 2-1

Film still frm 'WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$' By Ishai Shapira Kalter, 21 min, credit for cinematography - Dan Bronfeld 3

Film still frm 'WE ARE ALL AMERICAN$' By Ishai Shapira Kalter, 21 min, credit for cinematography - Dan Bronfeld 4-1

Installation view frm Aliyah Market credit for image - Tal Nissim

Written by Francesca Kletz

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