ELLA LITTWITZ: NO VESTIGE OF A BEGINNING, NO PROSPECT OF AN END / 1st March 2017 - 29th April 2017
Copperfield, London is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of Ella Littwitz (b 1982 Haifa, Israel).
At first assessment the visitor will find an array of objects suggestive of a botanist’s study: casts of plants, landscape chalkboard drawings, organic looking models. Only her titles reveal by stealth the depth of Littwitz’s investigations:
An intricate bronze cast of the Dittrichia Viscosa is titled The Act of Going Up, suggesting the growth of the plant while drawing on the Hebrew expression to 'move to Israel'. Through botanical research in her homeland, Littwitz has found that this Pioneer Species is "the first to colonise previously disrupted or damaged ecosystems". Due to its allelopathic character, it’s biochemical components prevent the germination and survival of other surrounding organisms. Taking these biological considerations in the context of Littwitz’s practice, a whole spectrum of political and cultural connotations become apparent, which are intrinsic in the construction of new cultural identities and territorial parameters around the world and throughout history.
Littwitz is careful to present, not to comment. In this respect her work can be a trap for prejudice and default thinking.
Ella Littwitz studied in HISK, Ghent, Belgium (2016) and received her BFA from Bezalel, Jerusalem, Israel, in 2009. Her works have been exhibited in Israel, Europe and the US. Her solo shows include SIRIUS, Tivon gallery, Israel (2012), MONOLITH, Galeria silvestre, Tarragona, Spain (2015), Divisi (Duo with Benjamin Verhoeven), De Bijloke, Gent, Belgium (2016) and Tomograma, curated by Seamus Kealy, Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria (2016). Group exhibitions include Fragmented Time, curated by Rachel Monosov, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, NY (2016), "Mother, I have reached the land of my dreams", ID Festival Berlin 2016 With CIRCLE1, Germany (2016), the 6th Moscow Biennial Special Program (2015), Back to Berlin | Re-view, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2014), Der Zweite Blick, Berlin Jüdisches Gemeindehaus Gallery, Germany (2012) and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).
Littwitz received the Igal Ahouvi The Most Promising Artist Prize (2013, Israel), the Botin Foundation Prize (2012-2013, Santander, Spain), Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds (2012, Bonn, Germany), Mitchell Presser Excellence Award granted by Bezalel Academy in 2009 and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship in 2008-2010.
Opens 1 March, 6 - 9pm
Runs weekly, Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6pm
until 29 April 2017, bar Easter break: 14 - 18 April