In the Studio with
Dor Zlekha Levy,
11:30 min.

In the Studio with
Dor Zlekha Levy,
11:30 min.

“The flexible identity of being Jewish and Arab at the same time is a possibility that I would like to explore—not only as a historical effect, but also as potential for the future… I remember my grandparents telling me about Iraq, [where they grew up,] and what they remember from their childhood. Dates that were so sweet. Rivers that were so wide. Sweet memories of childhood. It was clear that [this] Iraq of their memories doesn’t exist anymore, and I started to think that the Iraq they [picture] in their memories never existed.” -Dor Zlekha Levy

We are pleased to invite you to view a new video profile about the work and practice of artist Dor Zlekha Levy. In the video profile, Dor discusses the importance of personal stories and musical traditions in his practice, which spans audiovisual installation, video art, and performance.

Many of Dor’s works are made in collaboration with musicians, and incorporate sound as a way to reconstruct memories and forgotten traditions. Maqamat (2017, pictured above) is an audiovisual installation, made in collaboration with musician Aviad Zinemanas, and explores the cultural history of Maqam. Maqamat presents the work and stories of Jewish-Iraqi musicians Ezra Aharon (1903-1995) and Yusuf Zaarur (1902-1969), who immigrated to Israel and continued to play this style of music, maintaining their connection to Iraq. 

In the installation, Dor incorporates recordings and archival materials from the estates musicians’ to bring their story into the present. A focal point of the project is an image of a wheel that maps the names of Arabic Maqam musical scales, and is written in both Arabic and in Hebrew. This image was made by musician Ezra Aharon as a tool to teach Maqam in Israel—a visual remnant of his attempt to translate the musical tradition that he came from. 

Reflection (2022) is a site specific, audiovisual installation in the historical Pool of Arches in Ramle, Israel, which can only be visited by paddle boat. As viewers traverse the archeological site, they hear love songs in Arabic played synchronously with prayers in Hebrew that have the same melody. Videos, projected onto the architecture, present musicians playing these songs on ancient instruments. Filmed from unique angles, and integrated into the dark lit, spirited environment, viewers are brought closer to the history and craft of music making. Dor explains that through a bodily experience of the work, one does not only hear the sounds that are produced by the instruments, but also sees and feels its composition. 

In the Studio with Dor Zlekha Levy, is part of a series of artist video profiles featuring artists based in Israel who are recipients of the Artis Grant for Exceptional Work in Uncertain Times. The video was created by Artis, edited and directed by Ian Sternthal, and produced by Sternthal Books. All rights reserved by Artis, 2023. 


Dor Zlekha Levy is an artist who specializes in audiovisual installations, video art, and performances. Sound is a core element in his work. Ongoing collaborations with musicians are essential to his working process, from conception to installation. His creations echo forgotten traditions, and explore these traditions from a contemporary perspective. His works bring to life the voices that are excluded from cultural discourse in Israel in a way that allows them to not only be heard, but be listened to.

Dor’s solo exhibitions include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, The Arches Pool (CACR), Ramle, Israel, and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, among others. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, Kunsthalle Stavanger, Norway, and The Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Israel. His videos have been screened at Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, Kadist Foundation in Paris, France and San Francisco, CA, and ICA London, United Kingdom. Dor participated in the Artport residency in Tel Aviv in 2020. He is a recipient of the 2017 Israeli Ministry of Culture Prize for a Young Artist, and was awarded the Zoom Prize for a Young Israeli Artist in 2016. His works are included in the collection of The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and in private collections. dorlevy.com

  • Say Something About the Sea by Asaf Einy

    Pre-Order Now!

    Say Something About the Sea
  • 'Motherland' by Ruth Patir

    Available for Pre-Order!

    Pre-order
  • 'Study For Woman' by Dana Darvish

    A new artist book is born!

    Study for Woman
  • LGBTQ+ LOVE אהבה גאה

    A photography archive of LGBTQ+ LOVE by MIchael Liani

    LGBTQ+ LOVE אהבה גאה
  • Prints by Asaf Einy

    In support of his book 'Say Something About the Sea'

    Brish, 2023
  • In The Studio with Merav & Halil

    Watch our Newest Film!

    In The Studio with Merav and Halil!
  • Hunting In Time

    Nominated by Aperture for Best First Photo Book!

    Watch Now
  • Odili Donald Odita

    Presenting the Limited Editions in Black & Gold Foil!

    Odili Donald Odita
  • Albino Hearts by Eitan Ben Moshe

    Coming Soon!

  • Blunt Liver / Blind Arch

    A new artist book by Shahar Yahalom

    Read More
  • A new film on Geert Van Kesteren

    A short film about Geert van Kesteren, who has been documenting conflict and humanitarian crisis throughout the world for over 25 Years.

    Click to Watch
  • Ronit Porat's 'Hunting in Time'

    A new Photography Book Coming Soon!

    Hunting In Time
  • ' A A O UE' by Keren Benbenisty

    An artist book which transforms The Burghley Collection, a vintage catalogue of Japanese porcelains collected by the upper echelons of western society into a series of fragmented ruins using scotch tape and an eraser.

    Read More
  • The New Aristocracy: Privatization In Israel

    Over a thirty-year period an enormously powerful class of local and international capitalists have gradually taken control of Israeli society. Here's how.

    Read More
  • David Horvitz's How To Shoplift Books in Hebrew

    Because shoplifting is so much fun! This artists book is a guide on how to steal books, detailing 80 whimsical ways to lift your favorite tome.

    Read More
  • Odili Donald Odita: In Practice

    This short film contextualized Odita's African Abstractionism within an American political and socio-cultural context.

    Click to Watch
  • The Lift: The Transfer (Haavara) Agreements / Artistic Research

    Leibling Haus / Bauhaus Dessau

    See The Book
  • Hillel Roman's 'Universal'

    By re-presenting a variety of internet-sourced utopian images, 'Universal' meditates upon how the Internet inverts hierarchies of knowledge, changing how information is exchanged, and unseating the dominance of experts within fields of knowledge.

    See the Book
  • Nevet Yitzhak: Video Works

    Nevet Yitzhak’s monograph ‘Video Works’ looks back at seven of the artists video installations, completed between 2007 and 2014.

    See The Book
  • 'In the Studio with Nahum Tevet'

    A new docu-series on contemporary artists from Israel created by Artis. Every few weeks we will be releasing a new film from the 20 part series.

    Watch Here
  • In the Studio with Nir Evron

    Watch our new film on Evron's provocative meditations on the construction of political and social histories.

    In the Studio with Nir Evron
  • In the Studio with Ella Littwitz

    A new film from our series with Artis!

    In the Studio with Ella Littwitz
  • A New Film on Ruth Patir

    On gender representation, relics, and political imagination in the digital age.

    In the Studio with Ruth Patir
  • A New Film on Michal Helfman

    On political possibilities within contemporary art

    Watch Now
  • Artis Presents 'In the Studio with Roee Rosen'

    A reflection on the ways that art involves embodying characters and identities in art.

    Watch Now!
  • A new Film on the painting collective 'New Barbizon'

    Part of the series In the Studio With, Created by Artis and Sternthal Books

    Artis Presents ‘In the Studio with New Barbizon’
  • A new Film on 'Elham Rokni'

    Part of the series In the Studio With, Created by Artis and Sternthal Books

    In the Studio with Elham Rokni
  • In the Studio with Karam Natour

    Watch Now!

    In the Studio with Karam Natour
  • In the Studio with Tamar Getter

    A new Film from our Series with Artis!

    Watch Now
  • In The Studio with Dor Zlekha Levy

    A new installment from our series with Artis

    In the Studio with Dor Zlekha Levy, 11:30 min.

Sternthal Books Print

Read

Watch Documentary

  • In The Studio
    with Merav and
    Halil, 9:14 min.
    Read More
  • Hunting Time with
    Ronit Porat, 12:05
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Dor Zlekha Levy,
    11:30 min.
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Michael Liani, 4:29 min.
    Read More
  • On 'Odili Donald Odita',
    6:47 min
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Tamar Getter, 13:05
    Read More
  • In the Studio with Karam Natour,
    11:11 min.
    Read More
  • In the Studio
    with Eli Petel,
    9:48 min.
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Elham Rokni, 9:49 min.
    Read More
  • Artis Presents 'In the
    Studio with New Barbizon',
    12:18 min.
    Read More
  • In the Studio
    with Roee Rosen,
    9:28 min.
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Shahar Yahalom,
    12:49
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Michal Helfman
    11:56
    Read More
  • In the Studio
    with Ruth Patir
    11:24
    Read More
  • In the Studio with
    Public Movement
    10:40
    Read More
  • In the Studio
    with Nirit Takele
    7:20
    Read More
  • In the Studio
    with Nir Evron
    8:46
    Read More
  • Geert Van Kesteren
    11:40
    Read More
  • Artis Presents:
    In the Studio with
    Nahum Tevet
    7:59 min
    Read More
  • Natural Worker
    Leor Grady
    8:13
    Read More
  • Guy Goldstein
    6:29
    Read More
  • Rami Maymon
    5:53
    Read More
  • Hilla Toony Navok
    5:48
    Read More
  • Eitan Ben Moshe
    6:32
    Read More
  • Maya Attoun
    7:37
    Read More
  • I24 Interview
    July, 2014
    5:52
    Read More
  • Thornwillow Press:
    Studio Visit
    Read More

Watch Trailers

  • LGBTQ+ LOVE, by Michael Liani,
    7:09 min.
    Read More
  • 'Hunting in Time' by Ronit Porat,
    6:47 min.
    Read More
  • Flipping through
    Albino Hearts,
    by Eitan Ben-Moshe,
    7:37 min.
    Read More
  • The Road to Ein Harod,
    by Efrat Galnoor
    2:58 min.
    Read More
  • Blunt Liver by
    Shahar Yahalom,
    8:56
    Read More
  • Blind Arch by
    Shahar Yahalom,
    5:18
    Read More
  • Maya Attoun
    5:46
    Read More
  • Why, Mister, Why?
    Geert Van Kesteren
    20:35 min
    Read More
  • Natural Worker
    Leor Grady
    8:13
    Read More
  • Neve Yitzhak:
    Video Works
    4:24
    Read More
  • Einat Leader & David Goss
    Edited by Ian Sternthal
    2:21
    Read More
  • 5:22
    Read More
  • Rami Maymon
    2:33
    Read More
  • Flipping Through 'Odili Donald Odita',
    15:57 Min.
    Read More
  • Elham Rokni's '
    The Iblis, the Girl,
    the Sultan,
    & the Lion's Tail
    Read More
  • Songs Of Innocence and Experience: A Study Guide
    Read More
  • LifeObject: Merging Architecture & Biology
    Read More
  • 'A A O UE' Trailer
    by Ian Sternthal
    2:30 Min.
    Read More
  • ‘Universal’ Book Trailer
    Read More
  • Toda Vida
    Read More
  • The Rothfeld Collection
    Read More
  • 'First We
    Feel Then
    We Fall'
    Trailer
    Read More
  • ‘Hana’ by Hagar Cygler
    Read More
  • Yesterday's Sun
    by Uri Gershuni
    Read More
  • 'Hush: Israel Palestine 2000-2014 Trailer
    by Noa Ben Shalom
    2 Min.
    Read More
  • 'The Urburb' Trailer
    by Ian Sternthal
    3:51 Min
    Read More

Buy Books

About

Sternthal Books is an art book publishing company which uses print, motion, and digital media to examine current global issues from an artistic perspective. Through our experience, we shepherd our clients and collaborators through the various stages through which an idea is transformed into a finished product. We believe that art provides all people with the power to express ourselves, transform our surroundings, and make the world a better place. If you are an artist, gallery, or museum interested in publishing, please get in touch at contact@sternthalbooks.com, and for a more detailed list of available services scroll below.

This website is arranged according to media – Read, Watch, Visit, but when you click on a ‘Sternthal Book or Video’, each one acts as a container which brings together components from the various ‘media’: Every book we make is accompanied by a digital edition, a short film, and events and programming, rendering the substance of what we do far more significant then just a book.

Clients

Venice Biennale For Architecture, Artis, The Jack Shainman Gallery, Printed Matter Art Book Fair, Alon Segev Gallery, Chelouche Gallery, Braverman Gallery, UMapped.

Services

  • Strategy

    Sternthal Books works with artists, galleries, museums, and a variety of other cultural institutions to best communicate their program’s and exhibitions through a variety of digital, interactive, and print media. Our role varies according to our clients needs, with the capacity to see projects through from strategizing and concepting through production and promotion.

  • Concepting

    Through conversations, dialogue, and research, we sift through a large variety of visual material in order to seek out different approaches to best communicate messaging. Whether it be in the form of an artist book, a website, or a short film, each project starts with a clear conceptual point of departure.

  • Curation

    Through a process of selection and re-interpretation, we start each project of through a curatorial editing process, where we collaborate with artists to either sequence and arrange their work, and in many cases, embark on the creation of new works to best communicate the artist’s vision. The books and videos we aim to make are not mere representations of existing media, but are works of art in and above themselves.
  • Design

    During the design process we use a variety of models, and mockups, mood and story boards to begin to flesh out concepts, and bring them to reality.

  • Production

    Through our experience we have developed trusting relationships with a variety of programmers, designers, and printing companies in Asia, Europe, Israel, and North America. We can oversee, manage, and produce both audio visual and print projects from start to finish.

  • Promotion

    Through events, newsletters, pop up shops, and various collaborations, we also offer promotional support to our clients and collaborators, helping to provide exposure and visibility for artists and brands alike.

Contact

Schedule a meeting

Email us to schedule a meeting, either in New York, Montreal, or Tel-Aviv.

Design & UX: Naama Tobias
Code: Eli Krupitsky