September 5, 2009

Smadar Dreyfus


11 september – 13 december 2009

Curator: Tessa Praun

British-based Israeli artist Smadar Dreyfus is interested in how meaning is both created and reconstructed at the intersection of the aural and the visual. She has separated image and sound in several of her works in order to present different perspectives on the same scene.

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall is pleased to present Dreyfus’ first exhibition in Scandinavia consisting of three works, the most recent of which is a large-scale installation entitled Mother’s Day (2006-08). Using sound recordings from the Mother’s Day celebration at the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire-line in the Golan Heights, Dreyfus explores the role and impact of the voice in this contested public space.

Tessa Praun, the curator of the exhibition:

Through the alternating sound recordings and silent images the viewer is placed in a position where one participates in, and becomes a part of an experience beyond spectatorship. The work is liberated from the specific situation and opened up to the viewer’s own experiences and associations. A decisive characteristic of Smadar Dreyfus’ way of working is that she does not produce documentaries despite often using real-life recorded materials. In this way her work retains an element of ambivalence and mystery.

This exhibition also includes Dreyfus’ single screen works 360 degrees, 2007, and UNTITLED (family), 1996.

About the artist:

Smadar Dreyfus was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1963. She has been living and working in London since the 1990s. Her piece Lifeguards was included in the 2005 Istanbul Biennial where it garnered much critical acclaim. Smadar Dreyfus’ work has been shown internationally and in solo exhibitions in the UK and most recently in Belgium at Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen (2008).


In conjunction with this exhibition, Magasin 3 is producing Smadar Dreyfus’ first, richly illustrated publication with a special focus on the installation Mother’s Day. Introduction by David Neuman, texts by Mladen Dolar and Anselm Franke as well as a conversation between Tessa Praun and Smadar Dreyfus.

For press inquiries please contact:

Tove Schalin, exhibition coordinator:, +46 8 545 680 44