Ella Littwitz


Ella Littwitz (b. 1982, Israel) lives and works in Israel. She investigates political, social, and cultural landscapes by appropriating and shifting specific elements connected to the land. Pivotal to her practice is the constant desire of humans to create sovereign ideologies by drawing limits, borders, and frontiers, sometimes even controlling nature and moving soil. Littwitz’s interest in a specific stretch of land—namely Israel and Palestinian territories—stems from its status as a crossroads of religions, geography, and politics; water, soil, and sky; mythologies, beliefs, and momentous transitions. Her works echo its biblical and modern narratives, presenting us with diverse examples of transition, transfiguration, and the formation of political constructs through acts of belief. In her cosmos, the field of action comprises both the artistic objects she presents to us and their non-presence in their original sites. Trail markers removed from a path, tin triangles that indicated minefields, floaters that once marked the border between Jordan and Israel, barrels that delineated military firing ranges, and books that once had a place on people’s shelves are all elements intended to trigger personal and collective memories, and thereby probe received assumptions and beliefs. Littwitz is a Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent (HISK) in 2015 and received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem, IL) in 2009. She has exhibited in various venues throughout Israel, Europe and the US, including the 6th Moscow Bienniale's Special Program, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Salzburger Kunstverein (AT) and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (IL). Her works featured in exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv, IL), the Petach Tikva Museum (IL), and at the Tallinn Kunsthall (EE). Littwitz received the Igal Ahouvi Award Exhibition for the Most Promising Artist (IL), the Botin Foundation Prize (Santander, ES), the Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds (Bonn, DE), the Mitchell Presser Excellence Award granted by Bezalel Academy (IL), and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. She was also invited for a 3-month residency in the Guggenheim Foundation (Zurich, CH), which led to a solo exhibition at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (CH) titled "The Promise". Her work has been acquired by The Israel Museum (Jerusalem, IL), Kunsthaus Zürich (Zürich, CH), The Vehbi Koç Foundation (Istanbul, TR), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Tel Aviv, IL), The Botin Foundation (ES), and S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art - Ghent (Ghent, BE). In 2021, her solo exhibition "A High Degree of Certainty" was presented at the Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv, IL).

The curse and the blessing or region bounded by two functions, 2021