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My Childhood Album, 2022, Group Exhibition 

The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa. Curator: Rina Genussov.

Partisipating Artists:

Ruth Orenbach, Aviva Gal, Sarith Leila Haas, Lena Zaidel, Oded Zaidel, 

Hiam Mustafa, Etti Chechover, Ruth Shhetzman


  Lena Zaidel, The 6th Grade, 2022, plasticine on plywood, 35x50 (Printed Photograph: 70x90)



Lena Zaidel, Grove, 2022, plasticine on plywood, 35x50 (Printed Photograph: 70x90)



Grade 6a, Grove / Rina Genussov

Lena Zaidel is exhibiting two photographs of plasticine reliefs commemorating two significant events in her life, documented in her family album: a group portrait of Grade 6A in Russia at the end of the school year, and a family photograph taken after immigrating to Israel in which Lena are her parents are seen picking oranges in an orange grove.

Both photographs commemorate festive occasions and milestone ceremonies in the life of the young Lena: her last year of school in the USSR and her family’s initial time of absorption into life in Israel. Furthermore, these photographs also function as “corporate images,” photographs as propaganda to convey covert and overt messages. In the formal class photograph, teachers and students wearing their school uniform stand in block formation conveying unity and power.

The second photograph (Grove), which is also staged, documents Lena and her parents surrounded with plentiful oranges, a clearly Israeli symbol, expressing the family’s joy in realizing the dream of ‘ascending’ to Israel. The photograph also functions as a representational showcase image sent to relatives left behind and does not reveal the difficulties of settling into a new country as experienced by Lena and her parents, nor does it show the yearning for their familiar life in Russia.

Zaidel goes back in time and processes the immigration experience through observation of two childhood photographs and their transformation into plasticine reliefs. The direct touch of the fingers, kneading and gluing the familiar childhood material enables the artist to examine the ceremonial photographs with a humorous gaze, undermining the seriousness and the messages emanating from them. The return to the medium of photography and the enlargement of the reliefs restores the festive quality to these significant scenes which is absent in the photographs.

Rina Genussov, curator






Lena Zaidel: Grade 6a, Grove, 2022, plasticine on plywood, (Printed Photograph: 70x90, each one) Photo: Michael Amar  
A text by Rina Genussov from the group exhibition: My Childhood Album
Magazine Kahn, Israeli Reality in Art, # 81, Nov - Dec 2022, pp. 26-27.






Lena Zaidel and her artworks at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa
, 3.11. 2022




Lena and Oded Zaidel at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album, The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa, 3.11. 2022





L to R: Lena Zaidel, Rina Genussov, Oded Zaidel and his artworks, at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album, The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa, 3.11.2022



Lena and Oded Zaidel at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album, The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa, 3.11. 2022





L to R: Arie Arzi, Lena Zaidel, Oded Zaidel and his artworks, at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album, The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa 3.11.2022




Lena Zaidel's artworks, at the opening of the group exhibition: My Childhood Album, The Gordon College of Education Gallery, Haifa 3.11.2022




From the book "Can Portraits", 2023.
A collection of images and articles of "Can" magazine on the 15th anniversary of its foundation.

Lena Zaidel: two artworks of plasticine; The 6th Grade, 2022 (detail), The Orange Grove, 2022 (detail).

 

 



 

Lena Zaidel, 2023

Rina Genussov, 2022

Nava T. Barazani 2022

Michal Shaknai Yakobi 2022

Lena Zaidel, Sasha Okun 2021

House on the Bridge 2021

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Lena Zaidel 2020

Barry Davis 2020

Bat-Sheva Dori 2020

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Rina Genussov 2019

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Yossi Waxman 2018

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Shosh Averbukh 2017

Gideon Ofrat 2017

Alejandera Okret 2017

Lena Zaidel 2007-16

S. Ish-Shalom Award 2016

Oded Zaidel 2015

Gideon Ofrat 2013

Albert Suissa 2013

Karine Levit 2013

Yonatan Amir 2012

Zeev Bar-Sella 2012

Shosh Averbukh 2008

Zeev Goldberg 2007

Monica Lavi 2006

Leviathan Group


 
 
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All the reproduction photos of Lena Zaidel's artworks in this website,
are taken by Michael Amar, unless otherwise noted.
  

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