To Dream, to Collect


Talia Keinan

1978 Israel

1 Works exhibited




  • About the Artist

Talia Keinan was born in 1978 in Israel. She lives and works in Tel Aviv.


Keinan’s works strive to create a place for themselves, to create themselves as a place. The various elements she uses – drawings, objects, and video projections – come together to form a setting which is a place; a place where things happen, primarily – magic.


Keinan uses light as a material: somewhat like James Turrell, she sets out to transform light into an element with distinct presence in her works, ostensibly tangible like the gravel or the pencil on canvas. One of her video pieces depicts a man digging in the ground, pulling out a string of lights; another video depicts a donkey whose head is in a bucket. The general atmosphere of the works renders even this prosaic sight a poetic image. Strings of lights could emerge from this bucket, just as much as from the ground.


Through light and sound, Talia Keinan transforms her body of work into a place, which could be characterized as a deserted place off the main road. The viewer-visitor to the place is engulfed by a strange feeling that things operate by themselves; things that do not necessarily maintain a narrative sequence coexist side by side. The story, if one insists on composing it, is spawned by the way in which all the various details are sheltered under a cyclical veil of light and darkness.


Talia Keinan’s works are in constant flux, while her use of materials and media engages with the realm that lies between reality and fantasy. The space she creates can be viewed as a world of its own, where sound unveils an obscure memory, and a video projected on a drawing conjures up imaginary places. The materials are transformed, as a narrative emerges from the objects. An internal mechanism grants vivid life to the place and shares the sensational emotion of an invented and autonomous world.


Talia Keinan graduated from Bezalel MFA program in Tel Aviv in 2004, and from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2003 (with honors). During her undergraduate studies, she also participated in the student exchange program at the School of Visual Art in New York.


Talia Keinan has had many solo exhibitions, including: Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel, 2003; Art Statements, Art 37 Basel, Basel, 2006; Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation, Israeli Art Prize – shortlist exhibition, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2007; The Mountain and the Shivering Fact, Goch Museum, Goch, Germany, 2010; Artists Studio Kalisher, 2014.


Her works were shown in numerous group exhibitions, such as: Good Night, Israel Museum, Jerusalem in 2012; Works from the Museum Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2011; New on Paper, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2011; Zulu, Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv, 2011; 2008    Art Focus, Jerusalem (curator: Ami Barak); Real Time, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008; Herzliya Biennale, 2007, Inside-Out: Contemporary Artists from Israel, Museum MARCO, Spain 2006;  Dreams and Trauma – Moving images and the Promised Land, House of World Cultures, Berlin  2005; Vanishing  Point, Hidden Beauty in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (curator: Susan Landau), 2005.


She has received numerous prestigious awards, amongst them the Wolf Foundation, Anselm Kiefer prize for young artist 2006, and the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation – the Israeli Art Prize 2007.


Keinan’s works are included in the collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art; Goch Museum, Germany and in significant private collections in Israel and worldwide.

Works by Talia Keinan

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