In Hebrew Makom means “place”. This word is also a key to understanding the art of Dani Karavan. For the artist, place works as a starting point, an inspiration, a context, and a material for his work, regardless of whether it is located in natural environment, urban space, gallery or museum.
The artist employs materials such as concrete, stone, steel, wood, as well as water, sand, vegetation, wind, sun, birds’ singing, landscape, a view from a window, and emptiness. The Israeli artist makes use of these elements to construct site-specific works, designed for a selected place and forming all kinds of relations with its space. For him, people always constitute a complementing element of his work. He encourages the audience to enter the work, to be physically active and to interact with it.
Through a selection of films, photographs and drawings, the exhibition at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow explores Dani Karavan work. For his first exhibition in Poland, the artist made a site-specific installation entitled “Hommage à Tadeusz Kantor” – a reference to the long-term acquaintance of the two artists.