Rather than similarity, it is the difference between Nirit Takele's and Ronit Porat's works that brings them together in this exhibition.
Takele's large-scale heroic figures—sculptural, bold, and dark-skinned, inspired by her roots in the Ethiopian community—dominate not only the canvases, but also the surrounding space. In contrast, Porat's ambivalent, associative world of black and white photographs, inspired by Dadaist photomontage and decontextualized images found in history and photography books, journals and archives, calls for an intimate setting.
The juxtaposition of their ostensibly disparate worlds reveals and reinforces the unique qualities inherent in each one's work. At the same time, itindicates to what extent these two bodies of work are complementary. Takele's colorful interplay of light and shade stands out more forcefully next to the subtle grays and blacks emanating from Porat's photo-poems. Takele's art is rooted in the present, often with a political subtext, while Porat's is embedded in the past and based on research. The blend of figuration and abstraction in Takele's paintings links them to the combinations and layers of images in Porat's photographs.
Viewing the works of these two artists is a captivating, revelatory experience, whereby aspects invisible at first sight are gradually unearthed, prodding the viewer to dig deeper and discover the innermost hidden strata of their work.