b. 1986 in California, USA
Over the past decade, Addam Yekutieli has developed a visual iconography and language used to mirror real-life situations and observations, and document the notion of a collective human struggle. By creating parallels between political situations and emotional conditions, there is an attempt to perceive the political process and dialogue as an emotional mechanism, therefore making it a process that can be understood and participated in intuitively and not solely intellectually. These processes take place both indoors and outdoors, in the form of site-specific installations, murals and assemblages, combining ready-made materials, mixed media pieces, photographs and text. Yekutieli has worked and exhibited internationally, including at Gordon Gallery in Tel Aviv; Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles; Lazarides Gallery, London, UK, Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France; Jameco Exchange in Jamaica In association with No Longer Empty, NYC; and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York. Yekutieli lives and works in Tel Aviv. For HaYom he is making a one of a kind hannukiah with holes filtering the light of the candles in the shape of birds, one of the artist’s iconic imagerie.
His Hayom objects:
In Addam Yekutieli’s visual language, branches and tree stumps are a metaphor and an echo to the human body; its wounds; its ephemerality but also its ability to heal and adapt, to overcome its losses.
Addam’s handmade mezuzoth are made out of branches that he has carved to become a safe vessel for the holy parchment and then tied together.
Addam also points out that the biblical commandment to mark our doorsteps expresses pride as much as vulnerability. By tying together the branches, and by all having a mezuzah on our door, we are tying our losses and injuries, and becoming one unit. It’s about finding these commonalities and these strengths in a collective vulnerability.