The Ground On Which I Stand
An exhibition in four parts
Tel Aviv, Pristina, London, Hamburg
The Ground on Which I Stand is an exhibition investigating the impossibility of separating art and life and how the former one can help shaping our vision of society.
Nir Alon (b. 1964) is an Israeli-born, German sculptor and installation artist. Alon studied from 1988 until 1992 at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. In 1996 he received the prize for young artists from the Israeli Ministry for Education and Culture. In 2001 he received a working scholarship as a guest artist to Hamburg and since then he has lived and worked in the city.
Nir Alon preferably develops his sculptures from discarded everyday life items such as furniture, suitcases, lamps, light bulbs and cords. His installations are assembled on and reference the exhibition sites in order to obtain an effect of urgency with the most affordable means. His works are in many public and private collections in Germany, Israel, Italy and the United States.
Gazmend Ejupi (b. 1973) is a Kosovo-born artist based in London. Ejupi graduated from the College of Arts and Design in London and obtained an Master of Arts at the Kingston University.
His work focuses on conflicted identities and the phenomenon of immigration that is dominating our times. Through a varied range of media, that includes painting, sculpture and film, he investigates sentiments of nostalgia and marginalization as well as the contradictions of contemporary culture deploying simple yet compelling narratives and astute social observations.
His work has been exhibited in many international exhibitions, including the 1st Celeste Prize in London and the 4th Tirana Biennale in 2009. Detailed exhibitions list available on request.
Michele Robecchi is an art critic and curator based in London, where he is a Commissioning Editor at Phaidon Press and a Visiting Professor at Christie's Education. He is the author of a monograph on the work of Sarah Lucas (Electa, 2006) and, together with Francesca Bonazzoli, of From Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World's Greatest Artworks entered Popular Culture (Prestel, 2014).
He has curated or co-curated various exhibitions, including 'TIP: Trends, Ideas, Projects' (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2004), 'Beauty So Difficult' (Fondazione Stelline, Milan, 2005), 'Calling All the Stations' (National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina, 2010), 'Pretenzione Intenzione' (Fabbrica Rosa di Szeemann, Maggia, Switzerland, 2015), 'Brian Eno: The Ship' (La Commun, Geneva, 2016), and two editions of the Tirana Biennale (2001, 2003).
Special thanks to
Ishai Adar, Shlomo Almagor and Israel Reisen Travelling Agency, Malca (Regina) and Itzhak (Tomy) Alon, Mika Alon, Shelly Alon, Adi Artsi, Jesta Brouns and Ina Königsberg – Design Factory International Hamburg, Ofra Cain, Ishai Adar, Bloody Foreigners, Michal and Miron Fried, Fabienne Gassmann, Bea Herhold de Sousa, Elena Kane, Ralf Krüger, Nira Itzhaki, Cosimo Martin, Alban Nuhiu, Yifat and Ilan Solomon, Aferdita Statovci, Nora Weller, August Wilson, Eial Yehuda