After the Tribes
Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi, Rome
October 11th – December 31st, 2018

After the Tribes is a site-specific installation structured around twelve circular paintings on semitransparent PVC that enliven an imposing four-meter-high metal structure. The work relates the story of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, who descended directly from the sons of Jacob to form the Jewish people. Along with research into cartographic materials at the National Library of Israel, Beverly Barkat based her work on these historical studies, concentrating in particular on color and material to conjure a complex universe of symbols and references. The artist’s color palette derives from soil collected from the lands where each of the twelve tribes dwelt, from the natural elements gathered from the earth and from the gemstone representing them, associated with their occupations. All these elements, ground up and then mixed with acrylic paints and pastel pigments, give rise to each individual work, which is therefore unique and unrepeatable.

Beverly Barkat’s work therefore presents itself as a large abstract, three-dimensional trompe-l’œil that dialogues with the mural paintings of the tree-lined allées and gardens of Villa Ludovisia, painted on the walls of the Salone delle Vedute, where the installation is located. After the Tribes projects the spectator into another dimension, in which space is annulled and we find ourselves in an imaginary place, one that evokes a story reaching back across the millennia.

Dr Giorgia Calò
Curator

 

Beverly Barkat, Vernissage of the “After the Tribes” exhibition, October 10th, 2018

Raffaella Frascarelli Sciaretta of NOMAS foundation; Beverly Barkat; Giorgia Calò, curator

Beverly Barkat; Eldad Golan, Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Italy; Raffaella Frascarelli Sciaretta and Stefano Sciaretta of NOMAS foundation

Rafella Frascarelli Sciaretta of NOMAS foundation; Nir Barkat; Beverly Barkat; Amir Shani; Ofer Sachs, Israeli Ambassador in Italy and Giorgia Calò, curator

Matilde Amaturo, Director Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi; Edith Gabrielli, Director Polo Museale del Lazio; Ofer Sachs, Israeli Ambassador in Italy and Beverly Barkat

Beverly Barkat; Edith Gabrielli, Director Polo Museale del Lazio and Ofer Sachs, Israeli Ambassador in Italy

Uroš Ilić; Mia Dora Prvan, Director of Projects at Barkat Studio; Micha Weidmann from Weidmann Studio London; Ana Jelnikar; Beverly Barkat; Nir Barkat; Krešimir Želić

Giorgia Calò, curator; Beverly Barkat and Mia Dora Prvan, Director of Projects at Barkat Studio

Eldad Golan, Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Italy; Beverly Barkat; Mia Dora Prvan, Director of Projects at Barkat Studio; Giorgia Calò, curator

Micha Weidmann of Weidmann Studio London; Mia Dora Prvan, Director of Projects at Barkat Studio; Giorgia Calò, curator; Vartivar Jaklian; Ana Jelnikar

“After the Tribes” Vernissage, Salone delle Vedute

“After the Tribes” Vernissage, garden view

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