Israeli Artist's Experiments with Truth, Art & Heidegger

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Israeli Artist's Experiments with Truth, Art & Heidegger


New Delhi, Dec. 22 -- Ropes, sand, glass, iron rods or ceiling fan; one would hardly imagine these to figure in the inventory of an artist but Israeli artist Achia Anzi uses each of these to create intriguing sculptures and installations.

The title of Anzi's ongoing exhibition, "The Silent Call of Earth", has been taken from German philosopher Martin Heidegger's essay, "The Origin of the Work of Art". According to 36-year-old Anzi, who has been living in India for more than a decade and is currently a visiting professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the exhibition's title serves as a point of reference to Heidegger and his understanding of earth.

Anzi's mixed media works compel you to feel the mystery around simple objects like marble slabs, a crutch and bricks. One of his works titled 'Experiments with Truth' depicts a tree-like structure created with iron and black cotton. Another series of works titled 'Shibboleth' has been made with iron and brass beads while An untitled work comprises a road meter in the corner of a marble slab.

"The exhibition is a poetic reflection about the nature of the work of art, which, according to Heidegger, stirs the strife between 'world' and 'earth', the intelligible (world) and the unintelligible (earth) aspects of the artwork," says Anzi who teaches Hebrew at JNU. He feels that his interaction with his colleagues at the university had a strong impact on his understanding of art and on this exhibition in particular. …

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