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Meet the Artist: Hili Greenfeld

18 February 2021
6:30 pm
7:30 pm

Artist Hili Greenfeld offers insights into her practice, a project with ONCA that never happened due to Covid-19 and the online exhibition MaGifa that she made instead.

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ONCA’s Gallery Manager, Lydia, first met Hili in 2012 when they both took part in an international artist residency, Tropical Lab at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore) with 24 other artists from around the world.

They have remained in touch ever since, and in 2017 Hili visited Brighton where discussions of an exhibition at ONCA that responded to collections within Brighton Museum and Brighton Toy Museum began. Hili’s trip to Brighton was inspired by a chance encounter with her MA tutor that revealed an unlikely connection between an Egyptian artist, the Yom Kippur war in 1973, and an English toy manufacturer.

Hili spent three years working on the exhibition, which was due to take place in August 2020 after a month-long residency on the ONCA Barge. However, the coronavirus outbreak meant the residency and exhibition had to be postponed, and at this stage it is not possible to say when it could take place. During this online event Hili will share the archive of research material compiled for this unrealised project and the fascinating story behind its inspiration. She’ll also talk about ‘MaGifa’, the work that was made during 2020 despite Hili being unable to travel to the UK as planned, which can be viewed here.

This event will take place on Zoom, a link & passcode will be sent out to attendees shortly before.

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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