noga or yam

tel aviv

Noga Or Yam is an artist, cura­tor, and co-orga­niz­er of the BUSH col­lec­tive – a col­lec­tive found­ed in Tel Aviv in 2015 by a group of artists and activists who are com­mit­ted to the pro­mo­tion of queer, fem­i­nist cul­ture. In addi­tion to gen­der and fem­i­nism, the artists also con­sid­er the issues of pub­lic space.


“Being a young queer woman, my sense of home in Israel, and even in Tel Aviv, was always some­what lack­ing. Enforced iso­la­tion has hit the LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ty hard, with many of its mem­bers reliant in a lot of ways on the pub­lic space for a sense of com­mu­ni­ty, belong­ing, and free­dom. I feel more fear and iso­la­tion around me, and I am con­cerned by omi­nous polit­i­cal process­es that are unfolding.”


In her con­cep­tu­al work, Noga Or Yam uses chap­ter head­ings from Carl von Clausewitz‘s book On War, con­sid­ered the bible of mod­ern war­fare. For the artist, it also reflects Israel’s war-torn real­i­ty. Or Yam shows also large for­mat black-and-white pho­tos of a cac­tus plant infest­ed with the cochineal scale insect – a plague that almost led to the extinc­tion of the prick­ly pear cac­tus (Hebrew: sabra or tsabar) in Israel. These cac­ti were plant­ed main­ly by Arabs long before the estab­lish­ment of the State of Israel. The word tsabar has also come to stand for Jews born in Israel. Or Yam links trau­ma and polit­i­cal crimes to the Zion­ist movement’s glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of the tsabar, the “real” Jew born in the Land of Israel (Eretz Israel).

Foto: Shir Newman

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