Photos: Hadar Saifan
Porcelain; hand built, stained, glazed
Cohavit Ben Ezra-Goldenberg, b. 1976
Cohavit Ben Ezra-Goldenberg arranged her delicate porcelain drawings of iconic Tnuva cottage-cheese containers in rows, like products on a supermarket shelf. The artist repeatedly replicated the image of a pastoral home borrowed from the familiar dairy company's Logo. At the same time, she disrupts, distorts and covers it in different ways, so that they resemble an unraveled tapestry or oriental carpet. These perforated porcelain elements constitute the artist’s response to the dream of acquiring a home in Israel. The cost of living and the country’s housing problem first appeared on the public agenda in 2011, reaching their apogee with the “tent protest” that took place on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, and with the consumer boycott of local cottage cheese. Ben Ezra-Goldenberg’s work captures the shattered dream of owning a home, presenting it as no longer available to consumers.
On display at the Rothschild Gallery, Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts & Design, MUZA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv.