Asylum Arts presents “Building and Rebuilding” with Repair the World in Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Shlomit Dror, this exhibition features work from Asylum alumni Noa Charuvi and Naomi Safran-Hon, as well as works by the artists Esperanza Mayobre, Kristyna and Marek Milde, and Ivan Stojakovic. Asylum is excited about the collaboration with Repair the World to help bring to light these issues of social justice. Shifts in which many neighborhoods in Brooklyn (and elsewhere) encounter are primary themes within the artists’ works.
Following its opening on November 30, the exhibition will be continuing through January 14, 2018.
Building and Rebuilding addresses the effects of the rapidly-changing landscape in our urban surroundings as a result of sprawl, evident by endless demolitions, empty lots and new high-rises. The works in the show contain familiar elements from city landscapes, such as scaffolding, urban detritus, abandoned buildings, and public gardens, all addressing the hurried transformation of cityscapes closely related with gentrification. The social and architectural
shifts in which many neighborhoods in Brooklyn (and elsewhere) encounter are primary themes within the artists’ works.
Exploring the process and the craft of building, the artist Noa Charuvi depicts various construction zones she encountered around New York. In her series “Construction Workers,” Charuvi examines and conveys the notion of labor by focusing primarily on the builders themselves, rather than the buildings. In a different body of work, “Assembly,” 2015 and “Blue Hose And Rebars,” 2015, she solely portrays building materials and equipment as though attributing human qualities to these inanimate objects. Portraying the metal beams, steel frames, and scaffolding that have hijacked the city’s horizon—sights we encounter daily— raise the question of what existed in these places previously and who will be living there now?
Text by Curator Shlomit Dror