In conversation with author and artist Anna-Lena Wenzel.
Ofri Lapid has selected four works by conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth for the exhibition. The works are worn out copies that toured in the ifa exhibition “Kunstraum Deutschland” for the last 22 years and are kept in storage as replacement. These lexical pieces engage with the power of language to describe and define things. The functional, abridged dictionary entries poetically reconfigured by Joseph Kosuth are the foundation for Lapid’s “language tour”. Her complex translation project builds a sort of transliteration chain that follows the exhibition’s route takes on the language of the exhibition’s individual “stations”.
Ofri Lapid’s artistic practice poses questions about the role of social, economic, and scholarly processes of exchange and transfer in the construction of cultural heritage. Her work includes collective projects that examine the activation of archival material as well as the creation and dissolution of art collections.
Ofri Lapid (*1983 in Israel) studied at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin and lives in Berlin. She is in the final stages of writing her dissertation at the HFBK in Hamburg. In 2022 she participated in the Yiddish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, in 2021 she had a solo show at the Galerie Bernau, in 2018 she participated in the Bangkok Biennale (TH) and in the exhibition Imitating Atmosphere in Jaipur (IN). In 2022 her book Silver will be released with Materialverlag.