Artist Talk: Larissa Aharoni

Friday 20, September 2013

2:30 PM @ F_AIR

Florence University of the Arts is thrilled to host the Fall 2013 (Berlin-based) artist in residence, Larissa Aharoni, for an Artist Talk to include discussions about her works: past, present and future, as well as her expectations as an artist in residence and professor here at F_AIR in Florence. The core element which drives the entire artistic experience of Aharoni’s work is a constant research on the expressive use of language, considering both its lyrical and communicative components as well as the relationship between form and content.

The artist’s work creates a relationship between the text, openly visible and graphic, contextualized inside a wider installative project, and the spectator, who becomes an active participant by way of perceptive acknowledgement. Some projects are clear and deliberate investigations into the persecution and oppression of the past. There the text becomes a visual stimulus for remembrance, reflection, and acknowledgement. During the artist talk she will present projects, completed and in-progress, such as her Remembrance project for the Sinti and Roma victims of National Socialism, made in the context of Regionale 12, a festival of contemporary art in Styria (Austria) and A Jew, a Muslim, and Christian walk into a gallery, Bezalel/Yaffo 23, Jerusalem. Her solo exhibition opens @ F_AIR on November 26, 2013 and runs for 16 weeks until February 13, 2014.


Born in 1974 in Cologne (Germany), Larissa currently  lives and works in Berlin (Germany). Aharoni holds a masters degree from the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf (2005). She was among the foundersAU, an independent art space that operated in Düsseldorf from 2000 to 2006. Aharoni, spent much of her career living in Tel Aviv (Israel), where she was a visiting artist in the masters program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Since 2006, she has participated in several residency programs, produced numerous solo & group exhibitions throughout Israel, the US, and Europe.