Ilit Azoulay

Born in 1972 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Works and lives in Berlin, Germany.

Ilit Azoulay,  Dreamtime. All this and more he had seen while asleep , 2017, inkjet print and gold leaves, 170 x 150 cm.

Ilit Azoulay, Dreamtime. All this and more he had seen while asleep, 2017, inkjet print and gold leaves, 170 x 150 cm.

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Graduated in photography and with a master in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Ilit Azoulay’s work is based on photographic montage.

She has shown her work in several solo and group exhibitions around the world: The Museum of Modern Art in New York; KW Kunst Werke in Berlin; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne; Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, among others. Her photographs are part of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou collections.

Ilit Azoulay has received prizes and grants among them the Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award in 2014.

Ilit Azoulay's images seem to create surreal and sometimes theatrical scenes stressing the duplicity of the Museum. Her photos-cabinet of curiosity are embellished with elements in 3D.

No Thing Dies arises from the depth of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The museum was erected in 1965 with the belief that it would help embed the cultural identity of the young state. Her photographic series looks into the social layer that underruns this process for the past 52 years and perhaps shows how it sustains the illusion of a dialogue with 'the other' Middle-Eastern cultures.

During three years, Ilit Azoulay spent most of her days in the storage rooms of the museum, reviewing its collections, and interviewing various curators, archivists and conservators. She recorded these conversations and slowly discovered the many artifacts that never were publicly exhibited, along with stories about their original purpose, their journey to the museum, and the challenges of their preservation and display. The selected objects were photographed, analyzed, classified and eventually they created an image bank which, to some extent, reflects the invisible life-long labor of the preservation, research, restoration and archival of these objects.