“German Humor is not a matter of jokes” (Anonymous)
"I decided to deal with the topic of humour through two children’s books of German origin that I read during my childhood. Max und Moritz by Wilhelm Bush and Der Struwwelpeter by Dr Heinrich Hoffman are considered funny books for children, but tell cruel stories accompanied by horrible illustrations. These books use humour as a tool to teach a lesson with every story having a bitter twist in the tale. I wish to share those lessons with the audience. During the project I will recreate the illustrations from the books and will bake cookies in a domestic setting. As some kind of personal future telling, the visitors will receive a morbid
drawing and a cookie to sweeten the punch line."
"I am examining different components that structured my national identity; histories, traditions, myths, mythical figures, perceptions and emotional baggage that were taught to me deliberately or influenced me in an unconsciousness way. I examine the visual aspect of these components and also try to penetrate into their conceptual and emotional core. My research arouses topics like history construction, relations with landscape and soil, links between German and Israeli traditions, objectification of women in military societies, objectification of the enemy and examining the tools of propaganda."
Efrat Gal (Israel, 1979) lives and works in Utrecht. She is currently a student at the fine art department of maHKU - Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design. She studied at Hamidrasha Art school, "Beit Berl" institute and studied Curating Studies at the Center for Contemporary Art. In 2005, she founded Alfred Gallery, a cooperative gallery of 12 artists. Solo exhibitions include Alfred Hecht, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2009); The Black Forest, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008) and Snow of Last Year, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2006). She has been part of group exhibitions such as 222 Lodge: The Inevitable, SBK Dordrecht, The Netherlands (2012); The First Decade, Mofet Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010); children like Art, Meirhof Institute, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel (2010); Once, double exhibition, Rawart Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2010); Art on the boulevards, 100 years for Tel Aviv, Israel (2009); Future Repertoire, Mani House, Tel Aviv, Israel (2009) and Night Trains, Fall Salon, Tel Aviv, Israel (2007).