In the course of two years, the project’s participants—curator Revital Ben-Asher Peretz; video artist Yoav Cohen; choreographer and dancer Sahar Azimi; and artist Michal Shamir— held multiple meetings. Brainstorming in their various media led to departure from each participant’s comfort zones, prompting them to challenge their predefined professional identities, and to cross the lines toward the other’s court.
The chosen title “Protective Edge”—the English name given to the 2014 IDF operation launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip—inspired the group to explore the human conditioning pertaining to protection, security, and borders, as well as the artistic urge to defy, rebel, question, and walk “on the edge.”
In 2017 the group held performance events at Chelouche Gallery which extended over the gallery’s three levels, and were intended to undermine the customary viewing and consumption habits in an art gallery, theater and cinema via distortions, shifts, interventions, and interruptions introduced by group members.
Revital Ben-Asher Peretz – curator
Yoav Cohen – video artist
Sahar Azimi – choreographer and dancer
Michal Shamir – artist
2020 – Cafe-Protective Performance, Gallery Weekend Tel-Aviv
2018 – Fresh Paint art fair #10, Tel-Aviv
2017 – Chelouche Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Chelouche Gallery is one of the most prominent and leading galleries in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery maintains its primacy by presenting a large variety of works, ranging from video art to sculpture, painting, installation and photography. Since its inception, the gallery has been promoting an international and local exhibition program, in collaboration with curators and artists from Israel and around the world, placing itself one step ahead in the Israeli contemporary art scene.