Israel, in its modern incarnation, has been in the unenviable position of growing up against a military backdrop. Indeed, this is a country where military and civilian life are anything but discrete.
In his latest show, at Tel Aviv’s Paradigma Design Gallery, established Israeli designer Ezri Tarazi examines the relation between security, anxiety and the home (which, of course, can be read as a metaphor for the state), showing a number of furniture pieces that speak, through their materiality, of protection and defence.
‘Kalab’ is, the designer tells us, army slang, meaning ‘close to home’. He goes on to say:
‘In the Israeli existence, which was born out of military conflict, there is a strong mixture between military and civil life, and this defines certain culture. The symbiotic connection is taking many faces, from reserve duty as part of routine civil life, through military slang that becomes part of the spoken language, to home objects made of battle “souvenirs”, such as vases made of bomb shells and ashtrays made of bullet shells.’
Curated by Anat Benvenisti, ‘Kalab’ runs at the Paradigma Design Gallery until 18 March 2011.