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The concept of nature has acqu ired a new relevance in the hyper-technological age\, leading many artists to reflect on artificial environments\, where one is unable to trust what i s real and what is not. A significant number of artists today challenge the gap between traditional perceptions of “nature” and “culture.” In many cas es\, they introduce new understandings of the sublime that replace its Roma ntic and the related sense of awe with a diverse range of critical\, politi cal and poetic approaches.

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UNNATURAL will present scientific\, romantic\, conceptual\, poetic\, sensual and ecol ogical conceptions of nature through a variety of strategies that reflect a dvances in technology in the twenty-first century. The works in the exhibit ion question conventional means and methods of representing the natural wor ld and metaphorically embody both the paradoxical longing to fuse with natu re and the threat embedded in such fusion. The works in UNNATURAL thus refl ect a cultivated\, synthetic\, manipulated nature\, which includes allusion s to science as manifestations of a reality oscillating between the real an d imaginary.

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The artists selected for UNNATURAL come from diverse cultural backgrounds and work in a wide range of media including video\, photography\, sculpture and installation. These artists seem to be stretching the limits of time and place\, while collecti ng and assembling imagery from different sources to create a new\, artifici al form of nature. The majority of the artists in this show are Israeli-bor n which charges the exhibition with a political accent that relates to natu re\, territories and landscape in critical ways. In the contemporary Israel i context it is impossible to disassociate the landscape from its political resonances and from the multiple narratives that surround it. Landscape im agery and representations of nature in contemporary Israeli art today are r arely naive\, and certainly not romantic. They are scorched by the fire of conflict and marked by the fervor of internal controversy.

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UNNATURAL represents the far-fetched fusion of realit y\, fantasy and simulation. At the same time\, it reflects the freedom of t he imagination and the wonders of simulation technology\, which make the in conceivable conceivable. It reveals how the unmediated sense of awe and won der provoked by nature has been replaced by the work of art\, which enables us to marvel at the act of representation and to re-imagine nature\, while celebrating the wonders of the human imagination.

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The location of this project in Miami Beach—a subtropical\, b otanically lush barrier island that was built on a filled coral reef\,  whe re even the beach sand was artificially imported—further strengthens the ta ngible relationship between the “natural” and the “unnatural”.

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Participating artists:
Boaz Aharonovitch | Einat Arif-Galanti | Aziz + Cucher | Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Ariane M ichel | Blane De St. Croix | Rose-Lynn Fisher | Ori Gersht | Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan | Hilja Keading | Freddy Shachar Kislev | Sigalit Lan dau | Dana Levy | Tobias Madison | Richard Mosse | Gilad Ratman | Samantha Salzinger | Tomer Sapir | Yehudit Sasportas | Michal Shamir | Uri Shapira | Jennifer Steinkamp | Gal Weinstein | Wendy Wischer | Guy Zagursky

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About the curator
Tami Katz-Freiman is an art historian\, curator and critic\, based in Miami. Un til recently\, she served as the Chief Curator of the Haifa Museum of Art ( 2005-2010). She has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions in prominen t museums in Israel and the US\, where she lived and worked between 1994 an d 1999.  Her most notable project in collaboration with the Bass Museum was Desert Cliché: Israel Now—Local Images\, a traveling exhibition co-curated with Amy Cappellazzo that debuted at the Bass Museum of Art on April 1997.  Between 2008-2010 she was teaching at the Art History Department at Tel Av iv University and at the International Curatorial Studies Program of the Ka lisher Art School in Tel Aviv. She has published extensively in books\, cat alogues and magazines devoted to contemporary art. Her most recent exhibiti on Critical Mass: Contemporary Art from India (co-curated with Rotem Ruff) is currently shown at the Herta and Paul Amir new building of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

DTEND:20121104 DTSTAMP:20141127T044722 DTSTART:20120909 GEO:25.7970616;-80.1310608 LOCATION:Bass Museum of Art\,2100 Collins Avenue \nMiami Beach\, FL 33139 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:UNNATURAL\, Boaz Aharonovitch\, Einat Arif-Galanti\, Aziz + Cucher\ , Rose-Lynn Fisher\, Ori Gersht\, Hilja Keading\, Freddy Shachar Kislev\, S igalit Landau\, Dana Levy\, Tobias Madison\, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Ariane Michel\, Richard Mosse\, Gilad Ratman\, Samantha Salzinger\, Tomer S apir\, Yehudit Sasportas\, Michal Shamir\, Uri Shapira\, Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan\, Blane De St. Croix\, Jennifer Steinkamp\, Gal Weinstein \, Wendy Wischer\, Guy ZAGURSKY UID:234697 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120908T220000 DTSTAMP:20141127T044722 DTSTART:20120908T190000 GEO:25.7970616;-80.1310608 LOCATION:Bass Museum of Art\,2100 Collins Avenue \nMiami Beach\, FL 33139 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:UNNATURAL\, Boaz Aharonovitch\, Einat Arif-Galanti\, Aziz + Cucher\ , Rose-Lynn Fisher\, Ori Gersht\, Hilja Keading\, Freddy Shachar Kislev\, S igalit Landau\, Dana Levy\, Tobias Madison\, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Ariane Michel\, Richard Mosse\, Gilad Ratman\, Samantha Salzinger\, Tomer S apir\, Yehudit Sasportas\, Michal Shamir\, Uri Shapira\, Meirav Heiman and Yossi Ben Shoshan\, Blane De St. Croix\, Jennifer Steinkamp\, Gal Weinstein \, Wendy Wischer\, Guy ZAGURSKY UID:234698 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR