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ISRAEL | EZRI TARAZI, GUY MISHALY, RON FROM AO.: REDESIGNING DESTRUCTION

‘Now and Then, How Sustainable was my Sustainability?’
The research will be part of TOTAL CHANGE—NIEUWE GLOBAL GESTALTUNG #001

One of the most interesting strategies in recent Israel design was how, under the influence of pioneering teachers such as Ezri Tarazi, the violence and destruction that were so deeply embedded in society, were used and upcycled as a raw material, in what seemed an exorcising praxis. In 2012 the phenomenon was one of 100 issues and projects that were highlighted in Form Follows Foco, a groundbreaking exhibition and publication in which Max Borka and Mapping The Design World gave a worldwide overview of what was happening in the field of Social Design. Five years later, Borka and Mapping went on the search for what happened to these 100 examples. A Work in Progress of which the exhibition Now and Then, How Sustainable was my Sustainability? shows the first results at the state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 festival.

This is what Ezri Tarazi recently wrote when asked if the issue still made itself felt within Israeli design :

Dear Max
I have just received the on-line catalogue of the exhibition violent object curated by Itai Laniado and Shira Keret (…), two of my x-students at the Bezalel Academy (…) (It makes clear how) in the last 5 years, there has been a growing interest in this issue and new designers, young designers are reacting to it. (…) My work ‘Haleb is gone’ is just an example. One year after I have created it, the situation got much worse, and the prophecy has become reality.”

Ezri