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Artist / Tali Navon

Tali Navon

b. 1964, Givata'yim, Israel; lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Tali Navon engages in painting, video, and installation. Her recent works are based on archives, both existing and invented. Navon explores the place where culture is created. She likens all forms of art to literature and written texts. Her works strive to fathom what happens when reading, how the reader is activated by the text, studying the dialectics of language, and the meaning of reading and writing.


The existence of a social-cultural community is founded on people's connection to the book, she believes. Navon enquires about the "fate of the book," asserting that it will not disappear from the world, since people will not surrender the experience of touching the pages of a book, leafing through it, holding it in their hands. Despite the transformation of our world into a networked digital world, she believes that the future of the physical book is not decided.


On the truck, Navon chose to depict a library on each side. The libraries are embedded in everyday human scenes. The walking figures are characters from books, or alternativel— the figure of the reader. They are linked together by a masking grid—hopefully a connection that will not disappear from the world.

Studied textile design at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel; painting at the Kalisher School of Art, Tel Aviv; and cinema at Tel Aviv University. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad, at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel; Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel; Haifa Museum of Art; Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv; Mané-Katz Museum, Haifa; and Bialik House, Tel Aviv, etc. Her video works have been features at the Jerusalem Film Festival, as well as in London, Boston, Middlebury College, Vermont, and Seoul. Recipient of the Simon Fund from Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts grant. Her works are in the Israel Discount Bank Collection, Bank Leumi Collection, and private collections in Israel and overseas.

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