Ohad Ben Shimon
Ohad’s practice explores the relationship between the individual and his or her physical, mental, and emotional environment. Oscillating between different observational modes, from very detailed miniature accounts of daily life to portrayals of uncanny inner-landscapes, his work addresses the age old and at times frustrating quest for ones place in the world. Utilizing a generous amount of deadpan humor and neurotic self-doubt, he creates potential alternative ‘scenarios’ in which the viewer/reader may experience a more liberating and synergetic model of space and time.
In relation to his performative work, Chris Clarke has stated that his practice “often relays the impressions
of his experiences and his surroundings, at that particular time and place, through performances, texts (…).
His diary-like readings, while pared down to a singularly subjective interpretation, also reveal careful observations of miniature detail, casual encounters and overlooked incidents.”
About his first book titled 2 blue cups on two different corners of the table (published by VerySmallKitchen in 2013), David Berridge has said that “the book is a collection of diary like writings that explores the meeting place of autobiography and fiction, introspection and performance, experience and commentary, through unfolding processes of attention and its notation in words. Recalling classic texts like Joe Brainard’s I Remember, it finds its own forms and attitudes for the things, people and places of which, implicated, it tells.”
Ohad Ben Shimon (IS/FR) is an artist and writer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a graduate of both a scientific education program (BA Cognitive Sciences and Psychology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2005) and an artistic education program (BA Photography at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2009). He has been awarded several grants (Can Serrat Writers Support Stipend, Stroom Den Haag Research & Art Project Grants, Fonds BKVB Pilot Project) and participated in exhibitions across Europe (Documenta 13 in Kassel, Making Use at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, It Has Begun at Printroom, Rotterdam, Sugary Photographs at Fotomuseum Antwerp, Donner du Temps au Temps at Espace des Blancs-Manteaux in Paris, Escrita Na Paisagem Performance festival in Evora, Portugal). He has been Artist In Residence at Can Serrat Artist Residency, Spain and Obras Artist Residency, Portugal amongst others. In September 2013 his first book titled ‘2 blue cups on two different corners of the table’ was published by VerySmallKitchen exploring the meeting place of autobiography and fiction, introspection and performance, experience and commentary, through unfolding processes of attention and its notation in words. He contributes regularly to various on-line and printed publications such as Very Small Kitchen, Editions Clinamen, Rong-Wrong, Circa Contemporary Art, Time To Meet Publications, PhotoQ and Mifgash Magazine.