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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。​

Valery Bolotin

born in 1974 in Konotop, currently lives and works in Tel-Aviv

HB VII Saitama Artist


Valery Bolotin is an artist and photographer. He was born in 1974 in Konotop, and immigrated to Israel in 1990. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He completed his BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and participated in a student exchange programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He studied at MFA program in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and at MA in Comparative Literature in Tel Aviv University.


Bolotins' works often explore themes related to his immediate surroundings. Any environment in which he is living or working he deliberately uses as a study case and a working site for his artistic projects and practice. His photographic motivation revol​ves less around objects, but is rather focused on points of view.


Living and photographing at the same place, the city of Tel Aviv, being intimately acquainted with its streets and inhabitants, Bolotin recognize and capture fragments of change throughout an urban fabric - a local scenery that reflects global processes.Since 2002 he held solo shows and participated in group shows in Israeli and international venues, among which: Infiniti, Elma Arts Complex, Zichron Yaakov (2015); Showroom, Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv; No Alibi, Photography Department Art Gallery, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2014); Alibi, Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv (2013); No Logo, Heder Gallery, Tel Aviv, (2007); Mediterraneans, MACRO, Rome, Italy; and First Israeli Biennale for Video Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya (2003). He is a recipient of the Rich Foundation Excellence Prize (2004), America­Israel Cultural Foundation Prize (2002) and Excellence Scholarship, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (2002).