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Artists in Conversation: Adapting Practices During Covid

6 March 2021
2:00 pm
3:30 pm

Hili Greenfeld and invited speakers explore how they have adapted their artistic practices to some of the challenges Covid presents.

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Join Hili Greenfeld and invited speakers for this event exploring how as visual artists, with a variety of practices and based in different locations, they have adapted their work to the challenges the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic presents.

This event accompanies Hili’s online exhibition ‘MaGifa’ that was made during the first lockdown of 2020 in place of being able to travel to the UK to be ONCA’s artist in residence.

Each speaker will deliver a short presentation about their work and how the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has affected the way they work. There will then be an opportunity for questions and informal discussion from attendees.

Speakers will share their personal accounts and experiences and, whilst we hope you will find their insights inspiring, ONCA acknowledges that this is not representative of all artists’ experience and identities.


About The Artists

Hili Greenfeld, Visual Artist | Tel Aviv, Israel

Hili will talk about the experience of creating art during the pandemic. The setting, limitations and reality causing a turn around in the way she works. Getting back to the most elementary essence of drawing and painting, and shifting her thoughts regarding installation, which is mostly in the physical space, into a different space – the web space. 

Greenfeld’s work has been exhibited in Israel, New York, London, Singapore, Korea and Slovenia and Amsterdam. Recently she had a solo exhibition  at Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam in cooperation with BijlmAir CBK Zuidoost where she was a resident. She was an artist in residence at Lasalle College in Singapore (2012), and a residence at Tobačna 001 Cultural Center Ljubljana, where she had a solo show (2016). Greenfeld received the Rabinovich Foundation grant twice for solo exhibitions. She received a grant from the Resisim Association for ‘Snow Table’ at Hansen Gallery Bezalel (2015) and was awarded research grants from Asylum Arts, Via Sabra LTD for ‘The Sweet Water Canal’ solo exhibition that was exhibited at Art Cube Gallery, Jerusalem (2017). 

From 2016 through 2018 she received the Artist-Teacher Scholarship for teaching art at the Center for Arab-Jewish Youth at Risk in Jaffa. In 2018 she exhibited, at The Museum of Islamic Art and at Architect House, Jaffa both supported with grants for a new artwork, at the 10th Fresh Paint Art fair, and the Gamma International, Yonsei University, Seoul. Greenfeld holds an MFA and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, where she received the Presser Award (2007). She also studied at Slade School of Fine Arts in London (2006), and later in the Literature Department at Tel Aviv University (2010).


Andrea Knezovic – Visual Artist & Artistic Researcher | Amsterdam, The NetherLands

During this event Andrea Knezović will introduce her artistic practice, research methods and the creative anxieties and failures she faced during the precarious circumstances of the pandemic. Knezović will critically touch upon topics of value production inside creative industries, question the neoliberal paradigm of “the artist entrepreneur” and talk about future-mythologies of art institutions. She will talk about how speculative fiction, forensic methodologies and writing shifted her practice from material/ tangible to immaterial/ conceptual.

Andrea Knezović​ (1990) is a visual conceptual artist and researcher based in Amsterdam, with a Masters degree in Artistic Research from the University of Amsterdam (2019) and a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts from A.V.A-Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana (2014). Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world, including Kiribati National Museum and Cultural Centre, Bikenibeu; Nieuw Dakota Gallery, Amsterdam; NEVERNEVERLAND Gallery, Amsterdam; The Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana; Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana; 12 Star Gallery, London, UK; Kino Šiška, Ljubljana; The Israeli Center for Digital Arts, Holon ; Aksioma Gallery, Ljubljana; Flip Project & Umberto Di Marino Gallery, Napels; Künstlerhaus, Klagenfurt; The Center for Contemporary Art, Hanikah Gallery, Sarajevo.

She has published theoretical text in Lish Journal,​ Simulacrum Jurnal-Tijdschrift voor kunst en cultuur and Biennale of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean (Young Slovenian Artists). Her work is part of the SCCA-DIVA Archive collection and was nominated for the Essl Art Award in 2013 and 2015.


Shirel Kadambari Horovitz – Visual Artist | Tel Aviv, Israel

Shirel will talk about the two projects she is currently working on. “The Bell & The Bow” is an imagined city performance and a series of etchings exploring the doorstep as a place of ritual and wonder separating the intimate home space and the outside world. “The Israeli Art Hotline” is a crisis line opened by Horovitz on January 1st 2021 to provide a virtual space for all art professionals to share their pains. The accumulated sound bites will be adapted into a sound installation.

Shirel Horovitz’s installations and performances focus on the meeting points between cities and communities leaning into the physical structures of body and matter. Through sculpture, drawing, sound and more, her works look to lure and engage the viewer in an active role, proposing alternative rituals and spaces of reflection. She sees herself as a choreographer of relationships and stories and views art as a field which can and should create moments of compassionate observation and attentive humor.

Horovitz received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2007) and her MA from The Interdisciplinary Art Program in Tel Aviv University (2015, with honors) and is a recipient of the Rabinovitch Art Fund Foundation Prize (2018). Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and art festivals in Israel and the US.


Lydia Heath, ONCA Gallery Manager & Freelance artist/curator | Brighton, UK

Lydia will talk about how the pandemic postponed plans for a year long sabbatical to focus on their artistic practice, and what months of lockdown and furlough taught them – both in terms of being an artist and a human being – specifically in relation to mental health and queerness. They’ll also share a project they ran as part of LADA’s DIY2020 Programme: Public Realm as Playground – an online intensive weekend workshop for 22 performance artists around the world exploring approaches to making in public spaces during the pandemic.

Lydia Heath is a queer visual artist and curator whose work uses performance, installation and writing to explore the politics of public spaces, the relationship between art and activism, science fiction, speculative fiction and counter-narratives to capitalism. Over the past ten years they have been selected for exhibitions and residencies in Australia, Singapore, Spain and throughout the UK. Since 2016 they have worked as ONCA’s Gallery Manager – an arts organisation that bridges environmental and social justice issues. They are passionate about accessibility and inclusion, and addressing structural exclusion within the arts.

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