Dina Shenhav

Dina Shenhav
Dina Shenhav, Scenario, Gutman Art Museum, 2011
Scenario installation view

Shenhav’s works invite the spectator to tour through paths
filled with destruction and ruin, and as such, poses challenges
to familiar ways of observing, expanding the horizons of
preconceived notions of beauty. Consequently, passing through
the bodies of cut down trees unravels sites of deficiency. Axis
which cuts through periods and territories, intersections devoid
of consolation, all dominated by disaster.
This is a poetry which searches for a way of listening to
that which can not be heard immediately, quantified and classified
with scientific apparatus, and organized into reasonable
categories. It does not provide an explanation, and does not endeavor
to exchange one thing for the other, it does not withdraw
into the identical, but allows moments of proximity, closeness,
the simultaneous appearance of a thing and its opposite as evidence
of a complex experience which is full of contradictions.
We can also begin to read Shenhav’s work from a place of
correspondence with creative and literary traditions which by
default contain a form of criticism and negation. In the sense
that although the damaged body, the cut down tree, the image
of the glass shard or the broken stone, a piece of the sponge—
all of these are irreparable, they cease to give into past sorrows.
They appear as amputated limbs, devoid of life, composed
of sponge and cut down tree trunks which are meticulously
arranged according to shape and size. The piece, End of the
forest—the continuation or completion of an earlier piece titled
Dog (2001)—suggests an absence of life. These names or
objects allude to Albrecht Durer’s bronze etching. In his etching
Melencholia I (1514), the figure of a woman wrapped in
wings sits bent over and still, with an expression of hopelessness
and cessation on her blackened face. A whining dog lies
on the ground with a crystal cast by her side. The etching, like
Shenhav’s sculpture, connects between despondent and hopeless
drawings generated from inanimate objects, and geometrical,
mathematical scenarios or mystical configurations and
measuring devices, all a part of the same negative prophecy concerning
the false promise of the world of technology.
Text: Michal Ben-Horin, from: Paths of Destruction






TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Fr. 13. July to Su. 15. July ETF! welcomes the summer holidays and says goodbye from Bonn

LONG EVENING
Friday, 13 July 2018, 16.00 to 24.00 h Artificial walks, bed sheet cinema under stars, clogs and clowns

FAMILY SATURDAY
"BONN BLOSSOMS!"
Saturday, 14 July, 14.00 hrs Family Tours and Planting Campaign

ARTISTS_SUNDAY
July 15, 11.30 a.m.
Finissage tour with individual ETF! artists from the region

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The 17th edition of ETF was opened on April 18th in Bonn.

Venue:
Ehemalige Volkshochschule
Kasernenstraße 50
53111 Bonn

NEW Duration: 19.4.-15.7.2018

Opening times:
Wed-Fri: 4pm – 8pm
Sat-Sun: 11am – 5pm
also on bank holidays

Free Entry!

A contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) 2018 and the German Sustainability Action Days 2018 (30.5.-5.6.)

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ETF! was awarded "Best international exhibition in Chile in 2017" by the Chilean Circle of Art Critics.

Pictures of ETF! 2017 in Parque Cultural de Valparaiso, Chile can be seen here .

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17. Exhibition-Station Bonn 2018

Many thanks also to Deutsche Telekom AG, Beethoven Foundation Bonn, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn and Kunstmuseum Bonn.