Aando Fine Art

April 23, 2010

Aya Ben Ron

30 April – 4 June 2010

Tucholskystrasse 35
10117 Berlin
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AANDO FINE ART is pleased to announce Aya Ben Ron’s solo exhibition “Shift”.

Aya Ben Ron (*1967 Haifa, Israel) studied at the Goldsmiths College in London. Throughout the years, she established a rich body of works that has been widely recognized and included in numerous international art exhibitions at MOCA Shanghai, Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Hamburger Bahnhof among others.

In a diverse practice ranging from sculpture, video, drawing, and installation, Aya Ben Ron explores the morbid body, perception of death and morality, and the unconscious memory of pain in the greatest socio-historical extent.

Her first solo exhibition in Berlin presents Ben Ron’s new series of works entitled “Shift”. Consisted of video installation, wood cut relief, sculpture and drawing, Ben Ron evokes a ‘shift’ of life and death through emotionally distanced yet exquisitely dimensional approach. The first sequence of the exhibition introduces a large-scale wooden relief series: “Sisters” with cataract white and empty eyes – uniformed nurses in costumes that populate vast though ambivalent and timeless abstract interior spaces.

The second sequence, a video documentary depicting actual patients in a coma, shows an unmediated observation of life-in-between, of individuals deprived of human will, harshly confronting us with the void of our metaphysical existence.

“Still Life” is thus the paradigmatic title of the third sequence of the exhibition: a sculpture paradoxically designed as a merry-go-round populated by fetuses plugged to respiration machines. Recalling Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”, “Still Life” indicates a vision of children playing with wooden horses where life is given and taken almost at the same time.

All new art works indicate the experience Ben Ron has accumulated over the years by studying thoroughly medical manuals and sketches, illness and medical treatments. However, the categorical articulations of Art and Science are overcome – neither by an aesthetization of the pathological nor by a biopolitical critique – but by revealing a world of essential normative modes of existence usually invisible in daily life.

The opening reception takes place on April 30, 7-9 pm in presence of the artist.

Image above:
Aya Ben Ron
Shift 3-2 / Sisters (detail), 2009
Mixed media on plywood
240 x 160 x 10.5 cm (each)