In Transferumbau, Ilit Azoulay revisits the controversial Transfer Agreement between Zionist organizations and Nazi Germany that allowed the most affluent of the country’s Jewish population to leave for Mandatory Palestine and relocate a portion of their financial holdings. By tracing architectural elements, construction materials, and original objects transferred during the period in question, Transferumbau reaches beyond its original setting at Liebling Haus as part of the White City in Tel Aviv to reveal the pivotal nature of the emigration of people, materials, and cultures as carriers of both aesthetic and national ideologies. Through the prism of seven carefully composed photomontages, Azoulay considers notions of migration and mobility and their impact on the structure of individual moments in history and collective memory. Created within a broader collaboration between curator Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, alongside artists Lou Moria, Nir Shauloff, and Jonathan Touitou, Transferumbau was exhibited simultaneously at the Liebling Haus, Tel Aviv, Israel, in honor of its inauguration as the White City Center, and at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dessau, Germany, as part of the Bauhaus 100th Anniversary.
Liebling Haus – White City Center, Tel Aviv 2019