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Exhibition - Orna Ben-Ami: Entire Life in a Package

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 at 11:00am

Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts
314 South Park Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open an exhibition of contemporary art by Israeli sculptor Orna Ben-Ami

Orna Ben-Ami: Entire Life in a Package spotlights the global refugee crisis, through iron sculpture and photography. Ben-Ami begins with enlarged Reuters news photographs of people with their belongings, and sculpts iron satchels, hats, suitcases, and other familiar forms to affix to the images. The resulting artworks illustrate the physical and emotional weight of a journey away from one’s home, focusing on what the displaced travelers choose to carry with them.

“Entire Life in a Package has been exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations in Geneva and New York City,” says KIA Associate Curator Katherine Ransbottom, who is organizing the show. “We are thrilled to bring the show – and the artist – to Kalamazoo this summer.”

The artist followed her national military service with a career in journalism for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. She studied international relations and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; gold- and silversmithing at the Jerusalem Technological Center; sculpture at the Corcoran School of Art; and art history at Tel Aviv University. Her work has been shown in Paris, Rome, Taiwan, and throughout the U.S.

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