The exhibition aims to investigate the impossibility of separating art from life and how they contribute to shaping our vision of society. Nir Alon (b. 1964) and Gazmend Ejupi (b. 1973) both share an interest in theatrical forms of representation as well as a constant struggle to define their cultural and geographical identity. The resulting sense of displacement is reflected in their different practices and the dialogue they entertain.
This exhibition, now in its third incarnation, marks the first collaboration between the two artists after years of acquaintance, and it’s a celebration of how their cultural diversity has revealed many unexpected common traits and trajectories as their friendship progressed. The choice of investigating their own individuality, as well as issues of nostalgia, belonging, absence, integration and diversity, through a joint statement reveals an exploration of everyday reality counterbalanced by complementary narrative models.
The public display of their perception of the changes that have characterized their lives is an invitation to enter a moment of collective history and experience a personal one, and to embark on a journey to discover the ground on which you stand.
‘The Ground on Which I Stand’ first opened at Chelouche Gallery in Tel Aviv in spring 2011 and at Tetris in Prishtina in autumn. Following the date in London, it will travel to Hamburg for its conclusive leg, where a catalogue documenting all four exhibitions will be launched.