Tel Aviv, Israel
"I believe that in order for a woman to have representation in culture today, we must claim back our historical images. A strong woman is always portrayed as a witch, marginalized and persecuted as a demonic figure. I encourage women to see witches as their predecessors and identify with their centuries-old legacy."
It was from within this context that Israeli artist Talia Link created her digital collages Witches. They depict seven portraits of women equipped with symbols associated with various cultures, nationalities, religions, images and brands. The accessories range from weapons to jewelry or African lip plates. All united in one. The artist describes the detachment from the original context, however, as brutal; the digital clipping she even compares to plastic surgery. This is particularly evident in the result: overloaded with icons resembling either cultural history, power or gender, the quality of the person, who is a woman – namely the artist herself – is alienated, hidden beneath the attributes assigned to her.
Aesthetically, the brightly-colored works of multi-media artist Link may remind one of commercials. However, while advertisements focus on one message transmitted by a few very explicit symbols or gestures, the message of Link’s images is multilayered and much more complex than what can be perceived at first glance. The Witches represent a global oneness in which women are symbols of power.
B.Ed.F.A (with honors). Major: Visual Art (Honors program), Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl College, Israel
2006 Department of Photography, Wizo-Canada Academy of art & design, Haifa, Israel
She Bush, Yaffo 23, Jerusalem, Israel. Curators: Shlomit Yaacov, Yaniv Yor
and Amit Hevroni
Cabinets of Wonder in Contemporary Art ￼From Astonishment to Disenchantment, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel. Curators: Dalia Levin, Gila Limon and Daria Kaufman
Interfun ￼Tel Aviv Speed Show, Internet cafe and online exhibition, Israel. Curator: Doron Golan MusraraMix Festival, Musrara Neighbourhood, Jerusalem, Israel. Curator: Sharon Horodi
According to Foreign Sources, The Israeli Center For Digital Art, Holon, Israel. Curator: Gilad Melzer
Souvenirs (Manofim project), Tower of David Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. Curator: Michael Kessus Gdaliovich
Treasure as a gift, Performance, Fresh Paint 4 Contemporary Art Fair, TLV Israel. In collaboration with Parasite ￼Diana Dallal
It’s all about identity, group exhibition, FLUT Gallery, Bremen, Germany. Curator: Susanne Hinrichs
The Treasure of Life, online exhibition, youtube.com/talialink
Graduate Exhibition, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Israel. Curators: Hillel Roman & Rami Maymon
Messmedia, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Israel. Curator: Alona Friedberg
Sleek Magazine, Issue 37. by: Hili Perlson
Thinkers Witches. by: Shira Richter. The Feminist Forum, Sapir College, 5th december, 2012
Beyonce and I: Talia Link is embracing witches, by Hadas Reshef. Achbar Ha’air TLV, Art Section, Ha'aretz, october 5th 2012.
Hamidrasha Magazine, issue no.15, The Projected image, Pages: 130-133. Beit-Berl publishers, 2012.
Interview, Hakol Tarbut (Art&culture TV magazine), Season 3, Episode 6, December 2011
No one stood up, by Galia Yahav, Gallery Supplement, Ha'aretz, November 23rd, 2011
Interview, Erev Hadash (TV news program), November 16th, 2011
According to Foreign Sources (Exhibition catalogue). Curator: Gilad Melzer
Souvenirs, (Exhibition catalogue). Editor: Michael Kessus Gdaliovich
Love Song for My Computer, my say ￼Einat Weizman, Art section, July 17th, 2011
Follow the Link, The Psychedelic Video, May 21st, 2011
Article and stills, Ms.Use Magazine, Issue no 3, Summer 2011, Pages: 14-15, 78-79
The Semantics and Semiotics of Modern Art, by Nohar Ben Asher, ZOOZ Magazine, Issue no 4, July 2011, Pages: 38-39. Editor: Ketty Bar
Interview, Achbar Ha’air TLV, Art Section, Ha'aretz, July 22nd 2010, Page: 105
Where do you live?, by Nadav Apple, Time Out TLV, 405 Issue, August 2010, Art Section, Pages: 84-85
The Fund for Video-Art and Experimental Cinema in Israel, The Center for Contemporary Art CCA, Tel Aviv
Certificate of excellence for outstanding achievement in Fine Art, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Israel
The Israeli Ministry of Education & Culture Honors Student Program, Full Fellowship, Israel