Tararam, The South Africa – Israel Cultural Fund along with the Embassy of Israel hosted two Israeli artists, one Jewish and one Druze to South Africa.
The exhibition, Conversations by David Wakstein and Asad Azi was on display at the Stephan Welz & Co gallery in Sandton City Centre from Saturday, 18 May to Thursday, 23 May 2013. The show was curated by Natalie Knight.
The gallery opened with a wonderful welcome evening event which took place at the Peacemakers Museum, in Nelson Mandela Square and continued on to the Stephan Welz & Co gallery around the corner where their artwork was exhibited.
The visiting internationally acclaimed Israeli artists; David Wakstein and Asad Azi exposed the existing dialogue between artists from different sectors in Israel. Presenting the challenges they face and its expression in their art, the exhibition touched upon issues like identity, refuge, immigration, and issues of local and international art. The works revealed the healing role of art within society and examined values essential to the art of painting and mosaic and to the reality in Israel.
Both Wakstein and Azi have worked extensively in Israel and abroad with all types of students, and have utilized their expertise of the arts as a conduit for children’s growth, dialogue, healing, and more. While they were here in South Africa, they coordinated a lecture and presentation for students at Wits University, held a cultural café with other local artists, and participated in numerous interviews about their excellent collaborative work.