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Herzliya Biennial
(exhibition, 2007-present)


Art biennial for contemporary art held in the city of Herzliya in Israel. It takes place every two years. The first Herzliya- Biennial occurred in September 2007 with the theme of "The Rear" (in Hebrew: Ha'Oref, העורף). Participants were more than 70 Israeli artists who exhibited in various locations in the center of Herzliya, such as underground warehouses, storage halls, the Herzliya museum, apartments, shops and bomb shelters. Manifesto Inspired by other biennials such as the Gwangju Biennale, and by Israeli politics and surroundings, the opening manifesto of the Herzliya Biennial states: "The First Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art will focus on presentation of works by contemporary Israeli artists who address the notion of posteriority articulated in its title, "The Rear" (Ha'Oref in Hebrew which also denotes "home front", "hinterland", "nape") in various ways: the home front as opposed the front line - civilian society in Israel versus the army; the public sphere - where society stands in relation to the state; where labor is located to capital. "The Rear" (or "home front") is a general term that surfaced repeatedly during the recent war with Lebanon in the summer of 2006, when a million Israeli citizens in the country's north sat in bomb shelters, and a million Lebanese became refugees." Some of the notable artists to present their works at the Herzliya Biennial are: Guy Ben-Ner, Mika Rottenberg, Roee Rosen, Yair Garbuz, Ariella Azoulay, Elisheva Levy, Gil Shani, Ari Libsker, Zoya Cherkassky, Roy Arad, Keren Cytter, Sigalit Landau, Nimrod Kamer and Noa Tsaushu.

Artists Herzliya Biennial:
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