REDCAT Gallery presents the first U.S. solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist Yael Davids: “A Reading that Writes – a Physical Act II” from December 6-20, 2013. Gallery performances will be held on Friday, December 6, 8pm (followed by reception) and Sunday, December 8, 4:30pm.
For this presentation Davids developed a new performance installation exploring how, through reading, a text is written and composed. Considering the possibilities of performance documentation, Davids addresses the relationship between historical and political contexts and the construction of social and personal subjectivities. She treats the elements, narratives and objects of her past performances as components of an artistic palette that reappear in different configurations, experimenting with the multiple possibilities of the material in an evolving body of work. Besides her interest in the documentation of her exhibitions, Davids explores the performative presence of the body and how it defines space and the relationships between things, places and temporalities. In her work, Davids attempts to turn her own existential experience and the memories of ephemeral, fleeting presence into a definitive shape—a shape that can be comprehended as an art work and thus become a voice in public discussion, rather than remain an intimate and personal story only.
Yael Davids was born in Kibbutz Tzuba, Israel, 1968, based in Amsterdam, studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, sculpture studies at the Pratt Institute (New York) and dance pedagogy at the Remscheid Academy (Germany). Her work will be shown in an upcoming exhibition at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg. Recent solo shows include Ficisismos, Universidad di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013); Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2013); M – Museum, Leuven (2012); Circus Gallery, Berlin (2012); Kunsthalle Basel (2011); Picture This, Bristol (2010); If I Can’t Dance Tonight, Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam (2009); Project Mechelen, organized by MuHKA Antwerp as part of All that is Solid, Mechelen (2008); Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2008); and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (2008). She has also shown in group exhibitions such as: Fisicismos, Universidad di Tella, Buenos Aires (2013); Kunsthaus Dresden (2012); If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2010); The 2nd Herzliya Biennial, Herzliya, Tel Aviv (2009); Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2009); Tate Modern, London (2008); ICA, London (2007).