Galit Eilat

Galit Eilat is an interdependent curator and writer based in Amsterdam. Since 2018 she is director of Meduza Foundation. Her projects seeks to develop conditions that enable collective encounters and experiences, underpinned by a critical view towards the status quo. Deploying eclectic, site-specific projects, often in collaboration with grass root, politically active groups and individuals, Eilat unravels the intertwined themes of political ideology, theology, the nation state and the production of history. Pivotal within such projects is the process of knowledge dissemination, which departs from the ethos that art is charged with the potential to ignite social change and must therefore distance from the nation state. Her current research trajectories are dealing with the Syndrome of the Present and Totalitarian Art vs Art under Totalitarianism.

In 2001, she founded the Israeli Center for Digital Art, where she served as director for ten years. In 2004, she co-founded Maarav, an online arts and culture magazine and in 2007, together with Eva Birkenstock, she founded the Mobile Archive. Together with Reem Fadda, Eyal Danon and Phil Misselwitz she initiated a traveling seminar series, Liminal Spaces, an essential platform for joint work, action, and dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian art communities. She was the first artistic director of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne. She has curated and co-curated projects such as VideoZone — The 4th International Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv, And Europe will be stunned — Yael Bartana in the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (co-curator with Sebastian Cichocki), the 32nd October Salon, Belgrade (with Alenka Gregoric) and 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (with co-curators Charles Esche, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv).

International collaborations have included projects with gfzk | Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; National Gallery Kosovo; Kunsthaus Bregenz; MG + MSUM Moderna Galerija Ljubljana; SALT, Istanbul; Malmö Konstmuseum; Serralves Museum and more.

In addition to her curatorial activities, Eilat also engages in teaching and has written extensively about art and politics. Eilat is the recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College, 2017-18