4th May – 14th July 2019
Ronit Porat (*1975 in the Kfar Giadi kibbutz, Northern Israel) lives and works in Tel Aviv. She studied photography and digital media at the Hadassah College in Jerusalem as well as Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London and completed her doctorate.
In her photographs the Israeli artist deals chiefly with archive materials from Germany of the inter-war period and from kibbutz archives. In parts, her collage-like procedure may be classed as a Dadaist photomontage method. Porat uses these images, which she alters by means of trimming, as well as private photographs in order to allow new narratives to arise and historical boundaries to become visible in her installations. With the help of the found “photographic traces and remnants”, Porat’s works are charged with psychological, emotional and gender-specific aspects and, along the way, also make reference to concepts of origin, the exertion of influence, and reproduction.
Specifically, she investigates the transparent boundaries of gender and equality in Europe into the late 30s, when notions of a liberated “New Woman” were popularized and the camera became a personal research tool that placed the identity of these women at the focus. The Second World War and the necessity to preserve, pass on and responsibly deal with stories and documents also play an important role in Ronit Porat’s oeuvre.
Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Public holidays: 10am – 5pm
KölnTag: 10am – 10pm