Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, born 1974 in Buenos Aires, immigrated to Israel with his family in 1980. He is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy MFA program, winner of 2008 Gerard Levi Award for a Young Photographer on behalf of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and recipient of the scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for 2008. He exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Israel, among them the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Haifa Museum of Art, and furthermore in galleries in Europe and the US. In 2010 Ickowicz received the “Young Artist Award” from the Israeli Ministry of Culture. For October 2011, a solo exhibition of Ickowicz’ works is scheduled at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Ickowicz’s current body of work is a product of observation of the surface, like a “regional survey,” a preliminary archaeological study intended to provide a sampling of the remains in the studied site. Such a work method looks like the beginning of a calculated, systematic process of searching finds, the traces of past occurrences, which will help him weave a chain of signifiers that lead to the emergence of differentiated meaning. He arrives in places where one may identify signs of culture and history, thereby addressing questions of belonging and detachment.
Text: Avi Lubin