In light of the recent government announcement that England will go back into lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the ONCA Gallery and ONCA Barge remain closed to the public until further notice. Our exhibitions are available to view online and in our Gallery window from outside.
Hili Greenfeld: MaGifa
21 January – 14 March
MaGifa is an online exhibition of new works by Israeli artist Hili Greenfeld. Hili was scheduled to be ONCA’s artist in residence in July last year, with a subsequent solo exhibition following in August, but the ongoing coronavirus outbreak meant this couldn’t take place.
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MaGifa (meaning pandemic in Hebrew) reveals new works created by the artist during the first lockdown in Tel Aviv, Israel. This body of work consists of delicate pencil and pen drawings – depicting imagined abandoned spaces containing structures, plants and animals. The drawings have been animated to include subtle movements and shapes, referencing the games played and music listened to by the artist and her son as they passed time indoors.
Hili says: “As happened to many people, all of my projects were cancelled or postponed to an unknown date when the corona crisis began in early 2020. My everyday life was reduced to the most basic things: cooking, a walk in our neighbourhood garden, and playing with Aviv, my 18 month-old son. It felt like the stasis of an ‘ongoing-present’. On the one hand the news gave a sense of the apocalypse, but on the other hand every day seemed the same as the previous one.”
Meet the Artist: Thursday 18th February – 6:30pm (UK time) book tickets here. Artist Hili Greenfeld offers insights into her practice, a project with ONCA that never happened due to Covid-19 and what she made instead.
Artists in Conversation: Adapting Practices during Covid, Saturday 6th March – 2:00pm (UK time) further details TBA
About the artist
Hili Greenfeld’s art connects fragments of private memory to cultural narratives in shrine-like installations. These installations consist of imitations of relics – objects that testify both to our desire to capture time through the objects that persist through it, and our inability to finally make peace with the change and decay that time brings. She calls these installations ‘environments’ because they combine manipulated ready-mades, sculptures and paintings, creating a complex, integrated space. Though memories are elusive and private rather than concrete and public, these scenes reify personal memories and thus enable them to be shared.
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