Born to an orthodox Jewish family in South Africa, Ariel Reichman explores concepts of
reality that differ between the public and the intimate. In 1991, the artist immigrated with
his family to Israel and since 2004 he has been living in Berlin where he studied under
Hito Steyerl at the UDK.
The endless movement in the artist's biography and physical / mental reality is evident in his research and practice regarding our presence in space, culture, rituals and forms. An example could be the gated house surrounding him as a child and the African nannies living with his family relating to him like a mother. This abstract state between a political reality on the one hand and his own intimate and gentle approach on the other hand, creates work that is multiply layered.
Ariel asks the viewer to question their own presence as well as to experience the physical impact of his work. One could call his work “Conceptual expressionism”. Reichman works with Installation, drawing, video, performance, photography, film, sculpture and painting.
"Ones subjective memories, daily rituals and fantasies are the base for my interests. I am attracted by the state of mind of things; the possibility of encountering victory as well as total failure and defeat. Never gazing from a distance at the other, but rather working from with in. Surely the intimate is political, and throughout this agreement one can attempt to understand the politics of ones self and ones surrounding, be them fiction or truth, historical reality or fable. The space between here and there".
Ariel Reichman has exhibited widely during the past few years. Some Venues include Manifesta 8, Program, The Moscow museum of modern art, CCA Tlv, Petach Tikva museum of contemporary art, ZKM, NBK and as well presented a solo presentation at Frieze NY. Upcoming exhibitions include Mendes Wood DM, Tel Aviv museum of contemporary art, Goodman gallery, Sommer gallery and a residency at RU in NY. He is represented by PSM.
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