We are pleased to invite you to view a new video profile about the work and practice of artist Michal Helfman. The video was filmed during the run of Michal’s solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, titled “Dear A.S.A/P” (June 2020-April 2021). Engaging with the installation and video pieces at the museum, Michal speaks to the importance of bringing viewers into an emotional landscape, and the presence of vulnerability, in her work. The video work that was central to the exhibition, “Dear A.S.A/P,” presents the Edition of X, an entity that mediates between artists who experience physical or political restrictions, and an art institution that is interested in showing their work.
In the video profile, Michal also discusses Running out of History (2019, pictured above), a video work that examines the act of smuggling as both a concrete activist tool and metaphor for artistic practice, and Forgive Me for My Bad Memories (2016), which imagines the settings on a washing machine as way of understanding cycles of conflict. Revealing various separations that exist in society, Michal reflects on the use of metaphors in her work in order to seek alternative modes of understanding. In the Studio with Michal Helfman, 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, 2022.