Uriel Ziv Azancot lives an works in Jerusalem, Israel
Uriel Ziv Azancot multidisciplinary artist born in 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel. He studied film at the Sam Spiegel Jerusalem School and graduate from Bezalel School of art in Jerusalem. His works were exhibited in several group exhibitions and in 2014 he exhibited a solo exhibition at the Ramat Gan Museum of Art.
We live in an era of screens, surrounding us constantly throughout our days, throughout our lives, a plethora of electronic devices is engulfing us in the public sphere as well as the private one, in the street, and in our own pockets.
The personal screens we all own contain within in them – in their digital memories, cloud storages, and social network databases – fractures of our multiple identities. Identities that are constantly constructed and reconstructed, copied, pasted, transformed and transfigured in the various online media platform in which we engage with.
As an artist I am fascinated by this connection between man and screen, a connection that is both physical as well as metaphysical. The physical aspects can be demonstrated by bodily engagements – the hand engages with the smartphone; the finger engages with the screen; our facial expression engage with the camera as we take a selfie. The metaphysical aspects are somewhat more elusive, but just as present – the mirror reflection on a “black” switched off screen; the metamorphosis that undergoes the character between the moment of the photograph snapshot to the moment in which it is exhibited and manifested in social media; the duel identity and presence of a person both in a physical spatiotemporal realm as well as a representational virtual cyber realm.
These aspects take a stronger hold in me, as I recollect my youth in an extremely orthodox Jewish house hold. A house hold with no computer, no television, no expression of the new technology but rejection and general fear. This blockade enforced on me by the educating figures in my early life has driven me towards a total fascination with these forbidden screens.
2018 Group exhibition, Photopoetics, The Social Gallery, Musrara School of Art, Jerusalem | 2017 Group exhibition, Piercing Frequency, Rishon LeZion, Isreal | 2016 Group exhibition, Head and Tails, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv | 2015 Group exhibition, as part of the exhibition series “Friday – Sunday”, at the Ramat Gan Museum, Israel |Musrara Mix Festival, ‘Journey Between The Stars’, Morel Drefler Gallery, Jerusalem | Master Class, at Musrara School of Art, Jerusalem | 2014 Solo exhibition, as part of the exhibition series “Friday – Sunday”, at the Ramat Gan Museum, Israel | 2013 Ralph Inbar Award for Graduation Exhibition | Eco Cinema Film Festival | B.F.A Bezalel, Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel | 2009 Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem, Israel
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