19 Greek Street features Tel Aviv designers Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum in collaboration with Yoav Reches in Part 1 of “Designing the Middle East”. The exhibition magically captures the tension of rupture alongside marriage, hostility alongside sympathy and conflict alongside peace. All in a harmonious manner.
This spectacle of contrasts flourishes against the backdrop of Middle Eastern passion and creativity. The designers use diversified material such as cork, wood, rope and ceramics to express the multi-textured face of conflict. In the words of the curators: “Designing the Middle East is an homage to Middle Eastern creativity and a tribute to the passion, courage and love that exist alongside the terrible conflict that divides this area of the world”.
Touching upon the wounds of the past, the exhibition manages to maintain a contemporary aura— an accomplishment that makes it both authentic and intriguing.
“I remember standing at an observation point, high up in the Old Town of Jerusalem, where clear views of both opposing sides of this landscape are available. I remember feeling that, despite impenetrable borders and razor-sharp diplomatic policies, these cultures are somehow united. That behind both sides of the conflict exists the same driving force: a passion fuelled by love, courage, loyalty and tradition. This same passion, when conveyed in contemporary design practice, can create unique works of tremendous power and integrity”, write the curators. Indeed, the show is a manifestation that all negativity can vanish in light of an artistic piece of integrity.
The exhibition runs from 28 March-17 May 2013 at 19 Greek Street W1D 4DT and marks the artists’ debut in the London design scene.