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Moshe Gershuni | Israel

In My Blood, 1979

Glass paint on porcelain
23.5 cm (diameter)

Courtesy of The Beno Kalev collection

Photo: courtesy of Yoram Aschheim Studio

Who is a Zionist and Who is Not, 1979
Oil and pencil on paper
35 / 28 cm

Courtesy of The Beno Kalev collection

Photo: courtesy of Yoram Aschheim Studio

Moshe Gershuni “Art is not life; equally so—art does not refine life’s afflictions. It gives voice to the cry of the individual who despairs from the possibility of his art changing the ways of the world, namelythe ways of society. Art is the result of the lack of prospects, or rather-of a despair which cannot be conquered, but only expressed” (Gershuni).

The images and texts represented in Gershuni’s oeuvre are not conductors of associations. The works neither preen themselves, nor appeal to the obvious. They are challenging and disconcerting in the set of questions they put forth, introducing a moving and emotional frequency.

The impact of Zionism and the Holocaust has been a recurrent, evolving element that has taken twists and turns in Gershuni’s work over the years. He clings to the harsh, tough questions, revisiting them in the work presented in the current exhibition. Ostensibly rhetorical, we must nevertheless address these quandaries and dilemmas, and subsequently deal with our answers.