Galit Eilat is an independent researcher, curator and writer based in Amsterdam.
Her current research bring together artists and experts from different geographies and knowledge disciplines looking at the relations between the essence of sovereignty and the boundaries of the political act. The mechanisms of the state and the market; political theology and religious politics; the institution of citizenship and the distinction between citizens and non-citizens, the eschatological messianic movements and increasing declarations of ‘state of emergency’. The project offers decentralized curatorial model, aspires to establish a collaborative and multidisciplinary platform enabling collective thinking and cultural production that is absent and extremely necessary today.
Eilat is the founding director of The Israeli Center for Digital Art (2001 – 2010). Among many other curatorial projects, she co curate with Eyal Danon, Reem Fadda and Phil Misselwitz she developed the 'Liminal Spaces' traveling seminars (2006-2008). The initial focus of the project was Road 60, which connects Jerusalem and Ramallah, and how it might be possible through art and culture to overcome political, social and physical barriers created by the Israeli occupation of Palestine. ‘Liminal Spaces’ was not an actual exhibition, but rather a joint research project, a collective micro-residency, production platform and a series of interventionist, site-specific conferences rolled into one. It has since permeated most of the politically engaged art in Israel and Palestine and opened the way for experimental curatorial initiatives well beyond. In the same line of projects that aimed to overcome national borders, Eilat established the ‘Mobile Archive’.Started in Hamburg in 2007, the Mobile Archive began its journey when each of its stations contributed artworks to the original collection (1500 titles). As for 2016, the archive visited internationally more than seventeen art centres and art academies.
She curated and co-curated major art exhibitions such as ‘The Presence of the Real,’ Adem Jashari, Prishtina. Peja Arts Gallery, Peje. Kosovo, 2016. How to (…) things that don’t exist – an exhibition developed out of the 31st São Paulo Biennial, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal. Co curator Charles Esche and Oren Sagiv, 2015. Rainbow In The Dark - On the Joy and Torment of Faith, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö. Sweden/ SALT, Istanbul. Co curator Sebastian Cichocki, 2015. 31st Sao Paulo Biennial ‘How to (…) things that don’t exist’ together with Charles Esche, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Oren Sagiv, 2014. In 2011 she co curate with Sebastian Cichocki Yael Bartana ‘And Europe will be stunned’ at Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In late 2011 she co-curated with Alenka Gregoric the project ‘It’s Time We Got To Know Each Other’, 52nd October Salon, at the Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia .Politics of Collection, Collection of Politics (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2010), The Real War, solo show with Sean Snyder, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (2010); Evil to the Core, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (2009–2010); Never Looked Better, Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv (2008–2009); Chosen (Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk and The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, 2008–2009), Mobile Archive travelling seminar (Hamburger Kunstverein and The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon, 2009), Liminal Spaces flying seminar (Israel and Palestine, 2006–2008), People, Land, State (The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, 2006) and This is Not America (Art Project Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2006).