Gil Yefman Complex Issues Knitted into the Fabric of Art

The Japan Times Oct 09, 2013

It’s difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction.

Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and textiles, weaving works that present a colorful version of sexuality and human identity. In the apt prisonlike setting of The Container (a shipping container inside a Daikanyama hair salon), the topic of an Auschwitz sex slave is treated with originality and creeping power for the exhibition “H.” The title is a play on the Japanese “ecchi” — a slang term to describe sexual fantasy, roughly translated as “dirty” or “naughty.”

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