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Room #4 HomeBase Project VII Saitama 

Masha ZUSMAN & Valery BOLOTIN
Fitting In

Fitting in was created during a three week stay in a traditional six-tatami room in the old Togyoku Hina doll factory dormitory in Iwatsuki, as a part of the HomeBase Project Saitama residency program.

The small room became our shelter, our studio and our playground. Every few days we were taking out one of the tatami mats and replacing it by a carefully constructed set, inspired by our encounter with local surroundings.

A cabbage field, fish pond and bamboo forest aroused and disappeared from the room, fulfilling for a short instance our fantasies, and serving as a stage for self taken photographs.At the end of each photo session we've chosen only one image from numerous frames. The final collection of 5 images will be presented in the exhibition installation in the room as the only evidence of what was, or might be never even happened.


exhibited from November 3rd - December 11th 2016 at HomeBase Saitama 2016 Open House



Fitting In(納まる)

この作品(Fitting In)は、ホームベース・プロジェクト さいたま 2016の一環として、岩槻区は株式会社東玉社員寮の伝統的な6畳間での3週間の滞在から出来上がったものである。この小さな部屋が我々の住まいであり、スタジオであり、遊び場となった。数日置きに畳を一枚剥がしては、周辺地域を元に着想された場を綿密に創り上げ、そこにセットとして容れこんだ。

この部屋にキャベツ畑、鯉の池、竹林が現れては消え、僅かな間だけ我々の空想を現実のものとし、ここが自撮りのステージとして機能した。何百枚と撮った各セットの写真からは1枚ずつのみを選別した。展示では、この部屋が如何なっていたのかを証明する唯一の証拠として、または何も起こらなかったかもしれないが、最終的に選別された5つのイメージが設置される。​


Masha Zusman

born in 1972, Ukraine, currently lives and works in Tel Aviv

HB VII Saitama Artist


Masha Zusman was born in Soviet Ukraine and immigrated to Israel in 1989. She earned her PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1999 from Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva, Israel, and later graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2004.
Zusman works in the medium of painting and installation. She manipulates religious icons and cultural forms from her mixed cultural background and recent surrounding to create a new-world synergy, bringing to the surface repressed qualities that tend to be overlooked. The elements in her works are based on quotes and borrowed images including: Russian Modernism, Byzantine Iconographies, traditional Eastern European Jewish folklore, and contemporary popular culture. By combining these different cultures and beliefs through abstract forms, Zusman invites a view into our multilayered society. She creates from diversity while accentuating an intimate symbiosis.

​Zusman's works has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: Tate Modern, London; Essl Museum, Vienna; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among many other venues.
In 2005 Zusman co­founded Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem, a socially engaged, independent, artists­run­space, which she is currently still involved in. The vision of the Barbur Gallery is to examine the question of the place of artists and art in society and community and to create a non-hierarchical dynamic space, which gives expression to a wide range of creative initiatives without the effects of the art market, fashion trends and personal tastes. Since its foundation Barbur is an alternative platform for art alongside museums and commercial galleries, a stage and a meeting place for people and artists with different interests - visual arts, theater, poetry, music, dance and architecture. Zusman is an activist and teacher and has been teaching at the Fine Arts Department at the Bezalel Academy Since 2007.


www.barbur.org