Michelle Gavrielov: Black-Out
Michelle Gavrielov's solo exhibition "Black-Out" plays like never-ending blues, while exploring the enchantment with Afro-American culture and the black man's narrative. Using mixed media, Gavrielov unfolds diverse photographic and painterly formats that intertwine to present a current picture of the black communities in both Harlem and Israel .
Harlem, the "black sheep" of the Big Apple, a birthplace of music and verse, dress and life style, is juxtaposed with the bleak reality of refugeeism in Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods, a group of African pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, and views of a "transparent" population voluntarily withdrawing to remote sites in Israel 's social margins.
The figure of the "singer" running through the works, stands for the ultimate bar singer, a fusion of various Harlem vocalists, among them Shira, the artist's daughter, who chose to live in this colorful neighborhood.
Michelle Gavrielov lives and works in Hod Hasharon, Israel and in Harlem, where she has assimilated with the local culture and the New York art scene.