On Saturday 20th of May, Flora Deborah went for a dig in Kibbutz Bar’am and came back to Tel Aviv with 320 kg of Volcanic soil.
During her weeklong residency at Eti Levi Project, she created an installation aiming to reach a point of juncture and of breakage between human’s consciousness, the environment and the physicality of both.
Playing with the dichotomy between the idea of land as an object and as a post human model of switched subjectivities, the artist wishes for the material to unlink itself from any given anthropocentric connotations.
Kibbutz Bar’am founded in 1949, was built in the premises of the oldest synagogue found in Israel and depicts a Marxist ideal of a collective of people working the land, finding pleasure in the work and sharing a communal life. A Jewish work ethic that replaced religious practice wishing to create a new type of society where all would be equal and free from exploitation.
Flora Deborah, born in France in 1984 is an MFA student at Bezalel Academy of the arts in Tel Aviv. Based in between countries she has shown works in London, Milan and Tel Aviv.
Flora makes interdisciplinary work that investigates being, the environment, ecology and internal identity, working across sculpture, photography, video and installation.
Notable exhibitions to date include Cramum prize, Saatchi Gallery and Photofusion.