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    Inga Fonar Cocos

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    Born in Warsaw, Poland. Lives and works in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
    In her works she deals with the invisible processes inherent to a social or an individualsituation and the way they are used in handling memory, pain and in forming world view. Motivated by the will to understand the mechanism behind the visual appearance and to clarify the logic within reality, she focuses on the traces that the invisible leaves within the visible in order to reveal what lies behind it.

    She uses video, installation, photography and drawing in conveying and visualizing these processes. In her video Name, exhibited amongst others, in Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland (2010) she investigates into the suppressed secrets of persons who lived a certain period of their lives under a different name from that bestowed to them when born, and presents the emotional and social conflicts they experience.

    Her works have been exhibited at museums, including the National Museum in Poznan, Poland, Ashdod Art Museum, Israel, Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal Wiesbaden, Germany, Ein Harod Museum and others, in public spaces and art galleries in Israel and Europe.
    Fonar Cocos’ works are found in public and private collections in Israel. She is a recipient of national prizes and grants. A comprehensive book about her work was published in 2009 under the auspice of Ein-Harod Museum.
    Inga Fonar Cocos graduated the Kalisher School of Art, Tel-Aviv (1983); the Tel-Aviv University- Magna Cum Laude and Dean’s List – B.A. in Art History (1998); M.A. studies at the Faculty Graduate Program in the Arts, TA (2004-2006). She wrote for art magazines (1997-2005), and was a chairwoman and a co-founder of the professional artists’ organization (2002-2005).

    Urodzona w Warszawie, obecnie żyje i tworzy w Tel Aviwie.

    Studies
    1983 Graduate – Kalisher School of Art (Kalisher Art Academy), Tel Aviv
    1988 B.A. – Magna cum Laude – Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University
    1995–1998 M.A. studies, Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts, Tel Aviv University
    2003–2004 M.A. studies, Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
    2005–2007 M.A. studies, the Faculty Graduate Program in the Arts, Tel Aviv University
    Teaching | Jury | other
    1987–present Visual Arts Department, Alon Arts & Sciences High School Ramat-Hasharon
    1997 Department of Photography, Hadassah College, Jerusalem
    1985–1988 Kalisher School of Art, Tel Aviv
    1983–1985 Art workshops, Herzliya Muni
    2000-2003 Chairwoman and co-founder of the Israeli professional artists’ organization
    2014 Israel ministry of Culture & Sport, Jury of Artist- in-a-Community Prize

    Prizes and Scholarships
    2008 Visiting Artist, Oranim Art Institute, Oranim Academic College, Tivon, Israel
    2007 Israeli Foreign Ministry Affairs, Study project grant to Poland
    2007 The Israeli Center for Libraries Foundation, Visual Art Books project
    2004 Council for the Arts grant, Israeli Lottery
    1998 Israeli Ministry of Culture & Science grant – Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
    1986 Dean’s List recipient, Tel-Aviv University, Arts Faculty

    Selected Solo Exhibitions
    2012 Name in Transition, the Other Gallery, Talpiot College of Education, Israel
    2010 Mediations International Biennale, Poznan, Poland, “Beyond Mediations”, Name, video art;
    Venue: National Museum Poznan (With the support of the Israeli Embassy in Poland)
    2010 24 hours in August, Dear Noga Art Window, Street cinema – video projection, Jaffa
    2009 Name, video art, “Two drops of Water”, Artists House, Tel-Aviv
    2009 Construction in Process, video, Ashdod Art Museum, Monart Center, Ashdod, curator: Yona Fischer
    2006 Blindsehen, kunstverein- Bellevue-Saal, Wiesbaden, Germany
    2003 BlindReflex , Museum of Art, Ein Harod (with Klaus Illi)
    2003 unSICHTbar, Kunst im Heppächer, Esslingen, Germany
    2002 Blind Man’s Bluff, Tova Osman Gallery, Tel Aviv (catalogue)
    Punctum Caecum, Artists Residence, Herzlyia (with Klaus Illi)
    1999 Entropy, Gallery of the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
    1997 Plus/Minus/Black/White, Limbus Gallery, Tel Aviv (catalogue)
    1995 There Are No Black Beehives, Museum Uri & Rami Nehushtan, Ashdot Ya’akov Meuhad
    1994 There Are No Black Beehives, Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, catalogue
    1993 Night Works, Artists House, Jerusalem
    1992 Object-Painting-Object, Sarah Erman Gallery, Tel Aviv

    Projects & Commissions
    2014 Buried Sites of Memory Jewish Diaspora and the Other, Book Chapter in “Sexing the Border”, Katarzyna Kosmala (ed.) Cambridge Scholars Pub.
    2011 International Conference 2011 Norrkoping, Sweden: Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, Buried Sites of Memory, ACSIS – Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, (June)
    2011 Curating in the Digital Era, Construction in Process, Haifa University, Art History Department Seminar (May), video screening & lecture
    2011 The Tenth International Conference on Jewish Names, Bar-Ilan University Name, Video screening & lecture (March)
    2009 Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, ‘Schizma’- Lata ’90, The making of an exhibition , commission project, With the support of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland (Sept.-Oct.)
    2009 The Prozna Project, Tel-Aviv – Warsaw, video installation, Singer Festival, Warsaw, Poland, Curator: Krystyna Piotrowska
    1993 Perforated Armour, outdoor sculpture, Ramat-Hasharon
    Selected Group Exhibitions
    2013-2014 Drawing Biennial Jerusalem, Traces V, “Beyond Paper”, 235GB Memory, Installation, Jerusalem Print workshop
    2013 Triennial of Extended Media, Belgrade, Serbia, Name, video
    2013 “Paris-Belgrade”, Gallery K. in ZetsKa, Belgrade, Serbia, Curator: E. Carlebach
    2011 Israeli Documentary Film Competition Ceremony, Doco-Beer-Sheba Finalist
    2011 Betwee n Homelands, Loop Barcelona Video Art Festival, Spain
    Loop Festival, Madrid, Spain
    2009 Blind Man’s Bluff II, “Not Necessarily Feminine”, Pyramid Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa
    2009 Art of Emergency, Artneuland, Berlin, Germany
    2008 Between Homelands, video work, The Prozna Project, Singer Festival,
    Warsaw, Poland Curator: Krystyna Piotrowska (August)
    2008 Between Homelands, „Souvenirs – Repressed Historical and Personal Memory in the Works of Polish and Israeli Artists,” Ben-Gurion University Art Gallery, curators: Haim Maor, Haim Finkelstein, Teresa Smiechowska, catalogue
    2008 “Time Tunnel”, Municipal Art Gallery, Givataim, curator: Daniel Cahana-Levinson, catalogue
    2008 „Images of Embroidery in Israeli Art”, Kfar Saba Municipal Art Gallery, curator: Galit Semel, catalogue
    2007 „Traces III,” The Third Biennale for Drawing in Israel, Artists House, Jerusalem, curator: Dalia Manor, catalogue
    2007 „Drawing Follows Media,” Pyramid Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa
    2007 „Staying over at Kupferman’s,” Kupferman’s Collection Gallery, Lohamei Hagetaot,
    curator: Yona Fischer
    2006 Ashdod – Tel-Aviv, „The Making of a City”, Ashdod Museum of Art, curator: Yona Fischer
    2006 „Trialogue: Israeli, Arab and German Artists”, Esslingen, Germany
    2005 „League,” House in the Harbor, Tel Aviv
    2004 „Blindreflex,” Israeli Forum for Ecological Art, Tsavta, Tel Aviv
    2004 „Homesick,” Salon Bastav, 29 Herzl Street, Tel Aviv
    2003 „Finale Totale”, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
    2002 „Markers II” International Artists Museum Project, EAM, Kassel, Germany
    2002 Israeli Forum for Ecological Art, World Summit 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa, CD catalogue
    2002 „Limbus – Decennial Anniversary,” Limbus Gallery, Tel Aviv
    2001 “The Current Situation,” Limbus Gallery, Tel Aviv
    1999 Entropy 3- Disrupted Vision, „Tight Rope,” Arad Museum, Bat Yam Museum of Art, curators: Hili Govrin and Miri Targan, catalogue
    1999 „Detail/Whole,” Hamumche Gallery, Tel Aviv curator: Orly Hoffman
    1998 Temporary Bridge, installation, “House in Musrara 3 project”, Art Center in Jerusalem,
    curator: Rachel Sukman; catalogue
    1997/1998 Anomie, installation. Arad Museum, Arad; Kfar Saba Municipal Art Gallery; Art Workshop Gallery, Yavneh, curator: Rachel Sukman
    1996 Entropy – Red Room, installation, „Station in Motion,” project no.2 and 3, Central Bus Station,
    Tel Aviv
    1994 „Sense & Essence,” Yeffet 28 Art Gallery, Jaffa (catalogue); Nachshon Gallery, Kibbutz Nachshon
    1993 „A Matchbox Enclosed,” Art Workshop, Yavneh; Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod (international project), curator: Monica Lavie
    1990 „Print Today,” Artists House, Tel Aviv, curator: Dganit Berest
    1983 Graduate exhibition, Horace Richter Gallery, Jaffa, curator: Miriam Tuvia-Boneh; catalogue

    Collections:

    Public collections:
    Museum of Art Ein Harod; Ashdod Museum of Art; Yona Fischer Collection Ashdod Museum of Art; Janco Dada Museum; Phoenix collection; Coca-Cola collection;

    Private collections:
    Oded Shatil collection, Eli Arluk collection, Tova Osman collection and others in Israel, France, Monaco, Germany, U.S.A

    Articles by the Artist:
    2005 Inga Fonar Cocos, Terminal, Contemporary Art Review
    2001 Inga Fonar Cocos, Muse, Art Quarterly, Israel Museum Jerusalem
    1997–2000 Inga Fonar Cocos, Terminal, Contemporary Art Review

    Publications:
    1993 Israeli television, channel 1, Culture and Art, March
    1993 A. Levine, Jerusalem Post, March
    1995 Meir Ronen, Jerusalem Post, January
    „There are no Black Beehives”, S.Heller, Janco Dada Museum
    1996 Israeli television, A Ticket for Two with Eldad Ziv
    1997 Jean-Yves Jouannais, Art Press, “Israel – Various Sites”, January
    Mishkafayim, Israel Museum Jerusalem, December
    2003 Gabriele Hoffmann, ‚Kathartische Kehrwoche” Stuttgarter Zeitung, January 2
    Elke Eberle, „Endzeit im Glastrakt”, Esslinger Zeitung, January 5-6
    Georg Leisten, „Sie wären sowieso gestorben,” Stuttgarter Zeitung November 7
    Martin Mezger, „Blinde Flecken der Identität,” Esslinger Zeitung, Nov. 5
    2004 Allgemeines Kuenstlerlexikon, published in Leipzig, Vol. 42, December
    2005 Israeli television, channel 2, „Experts’ Gallery,” March
    2006 Israeli radio, Reshet Bet, International Hour – „Blind Vision in Wiesbaden, Germany”
    Wiesbadener Kurier, „Blindsehen mit Inga Fonar Cocos”, April 25
    2008 Israeli radio, Reshet Bet, International Hour – Between Homelands, The Prόzna project, Warsaw, Poland, September
    2009 Obieg, Contemporary Art from Poland, editor: Adam Mazur, Internet edition, April 18, 2009 “Inga Fonar Cocos & Krystyna Piotrowska”, www.obieg.pl/audiovideo/10340
    2009 Viewer’s Version, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, catalogue
    2010 Mediations International Biennale catalogue, Poznan, Poland 2010 Pub. ‘Zamek’ Cultural Center, Poznan, catalogue
    2010 Israeli radio, Reshet Bet, Culture, M. Krimolovski (Sept. 12, 12:54)
    2011 International Conference “Current Issues in European Cultural Studies” organized by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, Linköping University Electronic Press: http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/062/044/ecp11062044.pdf
    2011 Israeli Documentary Best film Competition Ceremony, among five nominated for best doco, Doco-Beer-Sheba
    2012 Creators Randezvous: Transgressing Film, Israeli Television, channel 1
    2013 5th National Biennial for Drawing Israel, online catalog: http://traces.art.org.il/5/?en
    2014 Buried Sites of Memory Jewish Diaspora and the Other, Book Chapter in “Sexing the Border”, Katarzyna Kosmala (ed.) Cambridge Scholars Pub.

    Curatorial Projects:
    1998–2014 Curator of the Alon Gallery, Alon High School of Arts and Sciences, Ramat Hasharon – participating artists: Lali Friehling, Raanan Harlap, Vera Korman, Dina Shenhav, Boaz Arad, Assi Meshulam, Maja Zack, Reut Ferster, Micha Ullman, Boaz Tal, Hila Lulu Lin
    1994 „Sense & Essence”, Yefet 28 Art Gallery, Jaffa (as part of the Artfocus exhibiton), participating artists: Dorit Figovitz Goddard, Dorit Ya’akovi, Morel Derfler, Ruth Raviv, Lezli Rubin Kunda, Inga Fonar Cocos