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Nir Segal and Eloise Fornieles | There is a Light that Never Goes Out

January 31 - March 09, 2019


Nir Segal

Eloise Fornieles

Curator: Leah Abir

Raw Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition, which is a collaboration between artists Nir Segal and Eloise Fornieles. Taken from The Smiths 1986 hit, the title of the show sets the premise for this new collaboration, which includes an installation and a series of actions and events.

In “There is a Light that Never Goes Out,” Segal and Fornieles seek to create and explore experiences of intimacy in transitory spaces.Throughout the duration of the show the power dynamics and the role of intimacy within social contracts are examined through objects, sets, and performative interactions such as slow dancing, karaoke duets, a ride in a car, a playlist, and a dance performance. Both Eloise and Nir’s practices employ intimacy as grounds for encounters with an audience. In their previous works, they have created platforms for people to engage with each other and share knowledge and experiences. In their current show, intimate personal stories are incorporated within shared collective experiences, proposing the consideration of intimacy within the establishment of relationships. The objects and sets in the exhibition are placed as invitations for encounters and vessels for emotionally charged histories.

One of the main events in the exhibition developed from a special invitation extended by the artists to Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre, who will be performing a new dance piece created specifically for the exhibition and for the conditions of an art gallery. This piece, titled “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery,” features, as Berg and Graf write, “3 characters who are dancing to fill the gap between their inner worlds and the one outside, between who they were and who they are today, and between the way love is perceived and presented in culture and the way it is experienced by individuals.”

One of the transitory spaces the artists relate to in the show is that of the hotel room. During the exhibition they will place outside the Link Hotel & Hub in Tel Aviv a bench and a lamppost, which are twinned with a bench and lamp installed outside the gallery. The lamps’ lights are kept on throughout the entire duration of the exhibition in both venues. Alongside the Link Hotel & Hub installation, the Smith’s song “There is a Light that Never Goes Out”, which gave the exhibition its title, will be played daily at sunset at the hotel lounge.

Born 1980 in Israel, Nir Segal lives and works in London. Currently a PhD candidate at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Segal completed his BA studies at the Slade School of Fine Artand his MFA Studies at the Bezalel Academy of the Arts in Jerusalem. In his works, Segal approaches art as a platform to construct models that propose new narratives around existing practices. His paintings, installations, performances, proposals and invitations suggest new ways of linking life and art by reframing social and emotional constructs. Segal recently completed a 9 months’ residency at OUTSET studios in Baker street in London where he explored the terms of Free and Generosity through different as strand of research around collaborations. Selected solo shows include “Untitled” at Herzliya Museum of Art, “Two Work” at RawArt Gallery, “Sit You Ate” at The  National Gallery of Bangkok, “Gifted” at The Artists Residence in Herzliya, and “Emotional Spaces” at Macondo | Hoxton Square, London. Segal’s works were displayed in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including The 3rd Herzelia Biennale, CCA Tel Aviv, Ashdod Museum, Gutman Museum,ZZIK Gallery in Munich, The House with the Eye in Büyükada, Turkey, and the Rivington Gallery in London. He was awarded an Overseas Research Scholarship and a Graduate Research Scholarship from UCL, London.

Born 1980, Eloise Fornieles is a British,  London-based artist working in performance, sound, installation, video and painting. Using monsters, masks and queer space, Fornieles’ work engages with alternative gender narratives, intimacy, methods of control and absolute chaos. Fornieles is on the practice led phd at the Slade School of Fine Art, researching the role of the voice in performing the gender spectrum.  Fornieles has performed and exhibited widely including,  Invitation to a Beheading, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, Natural Wonders, La Casa Encendida, Madrid,  New Art from London, Babakov Art Projects, Moscow; Fashion in Film Festival, Tate Modern, London, Carrion, Haunch of Venison, Berlin, Eternal Sea, Eternal Sky at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Live Art Festival, Beijing. Fornieles received the ArtsAdmin Award supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation 2013 and participated in the Outset Baker Street residency in 2018.

 

Eloise and Nir first met and collaborated on the Fine Art practice led PhD course at the Slade School of Fine Art, London.  They have collaborated several times within different frameworks, including the Outset Residency in 2017. Their collaborative practice examines value systems, hospitality and generosity, inviting their audience to engage and co-create content through performative acts, and installations.

Choreographers and Artistic Directors Yossi Berg and Oded Graf started collaborating in 2005, when they founded the international dance company Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre. They have since built a reputation for work that is supremely physical, sometimes provocative, and by turns poignant and witty. Having performed with world-renowned troupes, including Batsheva Dance Company and DV8 Physical Theatre, they mix a masterful physicality with a dynamic research of theatre, text, and voice. Responding to the social and political realities of contemporary life, they offer new ways of looking at dance and exploring performance.

Berg and Graf’s company is touring extensively in prestigious festivals and venues around the world: Montpellier Danse France, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater NYC, DansensHus Stockholm, SIDance South Korea, The Place Theater London, Lausanne Danse Switzerland, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and JCDN Japan, among others. They have created work for opera houses and won numerous choreography awards. They received Israel's Ministry of Culture Award for Outstanding Choreographers and were awarded the Rosenblum Prize for Artistic Excellence in the Performing Arts.

 

The exhibition is supported by: Dan Hotels, Link Hotel Tel-Aviv, Electronit Sound Productions, Yaya Productions, Hamatana Events Productions, A la Rampa, Avital Barak.  

 

Event schedule

7 Feb, Thursday, 12:00-18:00 Dance segments from “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery”

8 Feb, Friday, 11:00-14:00, Car ride with the artist

9 Feb, Saturday, 12:00 One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery – a dance performance by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (pre-premiere show). Registration closed. 

 

14 Feb, Thursday, 12:00-18:00 Dance segments from “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery”

 

14 Feb, Thursday, 20:00 Valentine's Day Party – A night of slow dancing at the gallery (DJ: Avital Barak)

15 Feb, Friday, 11:00-14:00 Karaoke Duets

16 Feb, Saturday, 12:00 One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery – a dance performance by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (pre-premiere show). Registration closed.

 

21 Feb, Thursday, 12:00-18:00 Dance segments from “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery”

23 Feb, Saturday, 12:00 One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery – a dance performance by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (pre-premiere show). Registration closed.

 

28 Feb, Thursday, 12:00-18:00 Dance segments from “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery”

1 Mar, Friday, 11:00-14:00 Car ride with the artist

2 March, Saturday, 12:00 One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery – a dance performance by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (pre-premiere show). Registration closed.

7 Mar, Thursday, 12:00-18:00 Dance segments from “One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery”

7 Mar, Thursday, 19:30, Gay History Night in collaboration with IGY - Israel Gay Youth 

8 Mar, Friday, 11:00-14:00 Karaoke Duets with the artists

9 Mar, Saturday, 12:00 One Day Love Walked Into the Gallery – a dance performance by Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre (pre-premiere show).  Registration closed.

 

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