The following interview with curator Hadas Kedar was conducted in response to our visit to Arad in May 2018. The visit was part of an exchange program between doctoral researchers of the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg (Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg) and the Institute for Public Presence, Holon. The objective of our program was to examine the notion of Public Presence in relation to German and Israeli artistic practices, through an intermediated and reflective exploration of marginal sites, monuments and local landmarks. As art practitioners and theoreticians engaging in sightseeing, we were attuned to the landscape’s innate bearing on the course of our experience, while reciprocally it being sculpted by our own movement- a group of tourists- re-defining and affirming its stature.
With the understanding that when one travels the land one complies to its predetermined routes, we wished to explore scales of participation or resistance, outlining the fringes of sight and of site. Kedar’s work in ‘Arad Contemporary Art Center, her guidance through the city of Arad and its architectonic landmarks, Mizpor public sculpture by Igael Tumarkin being the last of them, lead us through some of these ambivalent perspectives. For full version please, click here