MOUNTAINS OF NARRATIVES | 2015 - 2019

The starting point for the current undertaking of artist Noa Yekutieli is her place of residence, Israel. Dealing with issues of Narrative and Borders, Yekutieli practically and theoretically questions perspective, comprehension, and ability to change those as part of a given reality within which one is situated. This, through a series of works that are the result of an eight-stage process. Yekutieli develops each series simultaneously as she travels with the project, driving from the different locations elements which she weaves in the pieces following her encounter with the place. Each ‘final stage’ is the culmination of narrative, a multi-layered work that offers a glimpse into the process of construction and development of narratives; a work which gives rise to questions of memory, truth, appearance and disappearance.

Each series stems from a photograph taken by Yekutieli at a specific location (eg. Tel Aviv, Israel): a first stage of the narrative, that ignites a process of reflection and translation. Yekutieli translates images into black paper-cut pieces which are framed, then placed at a different location than the prior stage (eg. Salzburg, Austria). The combination of black paper with the frame glass creates a surface of reflection, similar to a mirror, embedding the work in its new surroundings and generates a new image - which Yekutieli documents and processes into the following stages of the work.

The practice of documentation, translation, and layering will continue only until 6 stages are completed. As such, the final piece will consist of an overlapping of spheres of time, places, and cultures. While the each stage reverberates elements of prior ones, it is the blunt absence of many details that attests to the ‘loss’ of information and the creation of a different combination of memory and (visual and actual) facts. The final stage in the process will make it difficult to trace the exact development of the work - from the initial stage.

Along with each series, an individual diary will be produced also consisting of 6 stages to offer documentation of the reflections, installations, and exhibitions of pieces. Yekutieli’s journey will culminate in an exhibition that will present the final stages alone. Since its inception at July 2015, the project has taken place in Israel, Austria, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Germany and is planned to continue in various international locations. All through 2019, the project will make different ‘stops’ where Yekutieli plans to exhibit the stages. There, she will organize these memories in difference contexts, attempting to breakdown the way in which memory, boarders and narratives are formed and inviting the viewer to challenge these ‘givens’ as well. Each exhibition before the final exhibition of the project will examine one aspect in relations to borders, boundaries and memories (eg. ‘Lines and Borders’, ‘Territory and Abyss’, ‘Spaces and Walls’ etc.).

As an artist whose work usually consists of studio practice, Noa Yekutieli ventures out of her personal boundaries, actively engaging with the realities and localities she places herself in. Used to having total control of personal borders and boundaries, Yekutieli challenges her daily experience by exposing herself to environments and cultures unknown and unfamiliar to her, through which she examines the influence of the foreign place on her own self borders and boundaries. The artist address the part which Borders have in shaping the development of personal and political narratives, and examines the the effect of taken them apart. Deriving from her personal experience and biography, she explores conflicts concerning assimilation and immigration - both which are acute and undeniably relevant for current happenings in a multicultural reality. The project focuses on the moment of transition, that which takes place as one crosses a border, and its impact on structured beliefs and ideas. It points towards the viewer - as an engaging participant - one who may benefit from the transitional, juxtaposition offered by the work. Ultimately, it is questioning the perception of broader notions such as identity and place.