New Barbizonby Zoe Karbe | 25.09.17
Based in Tel Aviv, art cooperative New Barbizon was established in 2011 and includes five members, artists Zoya Cherkassky, Olga Kundina, Anna Lukashevky, Asya Lukin and Nataliyah Zourabova. All were born, raised and trained in traditional art academies in the former USSR, and decided to explore a foundation of working together that pairs individual studio practices with collaborative projects.
The deeply political works of the art cooperative depict those few forgotten individuals who make this diverse and bustling landscape that is Tel Aviv, and manage to convey an interesting social theme to their works—briskly scenes of Sudanese Migrant workers relaxing at a café in the middle of Levinsky Street, or portraits of old Russian women with leopard prints shirts and furrowed brows, these images reinforce their position of the ‘isolated majority.’
Following these premises, New Barbizon continues an interesting movement, exhibiting at BMPT in Paris, Sigma in Timisoara (RO), Ładnie Group in Krakow, HobbyPop Museum in Düsseldorf and London, Grand Openings in New York, Rafani in Prague, and Jandela in Yogyakarta (ID).
Photos from Ein Harod Museum of Art, courtesy of New Barbizon.