Claire Luna: Amir, you are Israeli, and live and work between Tel Aviv and Beer Sheva.
Today, you are presenting your first solo exhibition «To Give What Is Due» at
In Situ – fabienne leclerc. What reception do you expect from the French public?
Amir Nave : International exposure is a crucial stage in an artist’s life and development.
It is a phase where a clash between two cultures can reveal a beautiful
and fertile bond, and in my exhibition I suggest an additional perspective. It
is an invitation to view my reflections and observations about art, coming from a
different soil, culture, and life [...] Paris has inspired me with great thoughts,
and a great emotional confrontation. I have only been here for a couple of months,
but I feel a deep sadness in the air, the kind of sadness that is associated
with romance, solitude and beauty – a pain that is connected to the history of
beauty. Where I come from, the idea of history is entirely different, and so the
idea of beauty is too. In Israel I feel no longing. Here, I feel wild. Savage.
CL: Empty spaces occupy a large part of your works. Also, the exterior is minimally
represented (or not at all) perhaps with a horizon that is in fact not always
horizontal, and more often evoked symbolically than shown. The outside world is
contained in the staging of bodies, in their movement and the material of their flesh.
How do you conceive of this surrounding emptiness? You’ve talked extensively
about chaos and the abyss: is emptiness or absence a way of evoking them?
A.N. : In my artistic research destruction tells me more than construction. I’m not afraid
when I’m painting. It is something that I can’t really explain. It is to be in another
dimension. And the struggle within my painting is connected to the relationship between
emptiness and the fullness. There are “full” works and “empty” works. This polarization
interests me. For me, emptiness can provoke creativity because it is our way of describing
something that we cannot fully conceive of. Emptiness is outside the realm of language. »