Sale: Contemporary Art Auction Date of sale: 07.07.2024 Item: 51

Merav Kamel & Halil Balabin

The Vagabond,
Fabric and polymeric materials,
50X25X24 cm.

Merav Kamel (b. 1988) and Halil Balabin (b. 1987) live and work in Tel Aviv. Both are graduates of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, where they also teach in the art department. Kamel and Balabin are alumni of the Artport program and recipients of the Beatrice Kolliner Prize from the Israel Museum, as well as the Alhanani Prize and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant. They have exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Israel and internationally, including at the Israel Museum, the Polar Museum, the Bochum Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bat Yam Museum, Galerie Frame in Prague, Gallery PM in Düsseldorf, Gallery Inga, and the Kibbutz Gallery in Tel Aviv.

Since 2012, Kamel and Balabin have been collaborating. Their multidisciplinary practice is characterized by rich materiality and diverse techniques such as sculpture in fabric, wood, drawing, engraving, and installation. Their work is marked by humor, wild imagination, provocative absurdity, and a confrontational creative stance. These elements serve them in shedding light on dark, sensitive, revealing, and painful aspects of the human, personal, and social experience, along with its weaknesses and limitations.

Their works are found in numerous private and public collections, including the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Pilara Collection, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dubi Shiff Collection, the Discount Collection, and various other private collections.

Estimated price: $4,000 - $6,000

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