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CEPA Gallery launches Israeli exhibition series

CEPA Gallery is launching a six-month series of exhibitions focusing on contemporary art from Israel.

The innovative thematic project will begin on June 29 with an installation of photographs by the interdisciplinary artist R’m Aharoni, whose work combines photography, performance, writing and video that explores his interest in "mixed communities, diaspora narratives, religion and social and national demands."

The exhibition is the first major initiative by the gallery since the return of executive director Lawrence Brose after a six-year absence. He called the exhibition, funded by many foundations and a crowd-funding campaign, "major, important and timely."

Future installations will include work by artists working in video, performance, installation and photography, including Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Tammy Ben-Tor, Keren Cytter, Dor Guez, Adi Nes and Barak Zemer. An overview of the artists' work is at cepagallery.org.

"We hope to prompt critical engagement and an open dialogue about the ways in which identity is shaped by culture, and in turn, how notions of identity come to reshape culture," CEPA Artistic Director David Mitchell said in a statement.

"Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art": Opens at 5 p.m. June 29 in CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St. Call 856-2717 or visit cepagallery.org.

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