Yael Davids, A Daily Practice One is Always a Plural
The body plays a central role in the 20-year long artistic practice of Yael Davids (1968, Jerusalem). It plays an important role in interactions with the surroundings and with other people. The body can be used both as a means of examining the world and as an artistic medium.
Plurality and coherence
Through Davids’ motto, One is always a plural, the exhibition offers a new perspective on the notion of ‘solo exhibition’. A selection of Davids’ oeuvre is displayed in conjunction with work by (primarily female) artists with whom she feels an affinity, such as Hilma af Klint, Lee Lozano and Adrian Piper. In addition, Davids cleverly integrates pieces from the Van Abbemuseum collection. You will also be able to actively experience the Feldenkrais Method in a specially designed room.
In the past three years, Davids has been examining the relationship between the body, the collection of the Van Abbemuseum and the Feldenkrais method. This method is a school of physically focused research that strives to develop and refine conscience through a sequence of slow movement patterns. According to this theory, body and spirit are inseparable from each other.
Artist Yael Davids is the first candidate for the title of Creator Doctus, a new degree – comparable to that of Doctor – that contributes to the acknowledgement of the artists’ profession. To achieve this title, Davids has to pass a three-year research trajectory. Instead of a written dissertation, the process results in a series of artworks in which the artist answers several research questions. The degree is an initiative of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum and supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
"One is always a plural" - Yael Davids