Addressing the intricate relations between history, ideology and aesthetics, Itamar Gov’s practice focuses on sculptural and spatial installations alongside graphic and video works, and communicates with various forms of personal, collective and institutional memory. Working with a varied set of visual and theoretical tools, the starting point of his projects is an inquiring skepticism towards cultural traditions, conventions and gestures that are considered self-evident. Gov’s works are based on an ongoing research and revolve around the intersection of art and politics, highlighting the strong tension between the known and the supposed and challenging a clear border between facts and falsehoods, memory and imagination. Never providing a full and complete picture, he invites viewers to engage with the elements of the works and to become part of an inquisitive process.
Itamar Gov (*1989) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. Since 2010 he has been living between Berlin, Paris and Bologna, where he studied cinema, history and literature. Member of the curatorial teams of documenta 14 (Kassel, Athens), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and Fondazione Adolfo Pini (Milan), he has been involved in numerous art and film initiatives, exhibitions, festivals, workshops and publications. Most recently he has had an artist residency at Castello di Squillace, Italy, where he exhibited the installation The Mausoleum of Rejected Citrons (2021). As a TRAME Prize recipient, he will be a fellow at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Additional forthcoming artist residencies include Artlink at Fort Dunree, Ireland, and AirWG / Wilhelmina-Gasthuis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.