Galit Eilat

Galit Eilat founded, and directed from 2001 to 2010, the Israeli Center for Digital Arts in Holon, which under her leadership became one of the pre-eminent sites for genuine collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian artists, as well as with art organizations from the Near East, former Eastern European bloc and the Balkans. In 2004, she co founded Maarav, an online arts and culture magazine, which she went on to edit until 2010. She was part of the team that developed a series of traveling seminars entitled ‘Liminal Spaces’ (2006-2009), which aspired primarily to establish an absent but essential platform for joint work, action, and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian art communities.

Between 2010 and 2013 she collaborated with the Van Abbemuseum on several projects, including Play VanAbbe, Picasso in Palestine, and the collection presentation. She served as artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, in Cologne, from (2012-13). She has curated and co curated many exhibitions, including the Polish Pavilion in Venice Biennale (2011), 32nd October Salon, Belgrade (2011), She was a member of the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal curatorial team between 2013-2015, and involved in projects from Kosovo, Ljubljana, Turkey, Poland, and elsewhere. She has taught and lectured in a range of universities, museums, and galleries, and has written extensively about art and politics.

In Eilat’s words, her work “creates conditions to untangle knowledge through collective encounters and experiences, ” part of a search for ways to “challenge the status quo in order to open a space to perceive the new, the unfamiliar, and possibilities for courageous actions in time.”

While at Bard, Eilat will pursue the current phase of her research titled “Syndrome of the Present,” investigating sovereignty, present conflicts, and eschatological movements through the 17th century myth of Westphalia. Her seminars in Human Rights and Curatorial Studies will also pursue this line of inquiry.