Gil & Moti: Totally devoted to you

12. February 2011 to 21. April 2011

Now artist duo Gil & Moti take Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center - with love, humanity and reconciliation - and lots of humour!How does one use charity and humour to bridge deep-rooted political conflicts and religious divides? For a number of years now, Israeli-born and Rotterdam-based duo Gil & Moti have used their personal backgrounds as the starting point for deliberately naïve art projects in which generous interaction creates a dialogue among people with the purpose of reaching out across cultural prejudice and political conflicts. In a departure from the worshipping of the individual of our day and age, the artists have let go of their own individualities to enter instead into the inseparable unit Gil & Moti, turning their life and work into a permanent art project. From 1999 to 2010 their private home was thus converted into a gallery - "The Gil & Moti Homegallery".2008 presented Copenhagen with the opportunity to get acquainted with Gil & Moti, when they visited Nikolaj with their conciliatory project Available for You in which the artists offered their services to people with Arab backgrounds at the Nørrebro part of town. Now Nikolaj presents a major exhibition featuring the duo's work over the past eight years, along with a new project made specifically for Copenhagen.The works exhibited explore complex political, gender specific and social issues, in which the duo, with their apparently naïve approach and disarming humour, generosity and lightness, employ many different artistic media such as oil painting and watercolour, installation, texts and especially interactive projects in the public social space.In the work In Your Shoes, which will come into being during the exhibition in Copenhagen, Gil & Moti draw on conciliatory strategies to be found in their earlier projects. The project points specifically to religious differences. The artists intend to establish contact to a mosque in Copenhagen where they want to establish surprising meetings with its members in order to shed light on mutual prejudice. The mosque meetings will be documented in video interviews etc. in the gallery space at NikolajAbout the artists:Gil & Moti were both born in Tel Aviv (1968 and 1971), they were educated at Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem, Slade School of Art in London and Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (MA). They have, among other places, exhibited at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Kunsthalle Wien, Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as well as in numerous galleries in Europe and the US.The Nikolaj exhibition is the first of five, the others being: Kunstmuseum Bochum (March 27 - May 8 2011); Tensta Konsthall (May 28 - August 20 2011); Rogaland Kunstmuseum (September 9 - November 13 2011); Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (Spring 2012).An exhibition catalogue will be published by the Hatje Cantz Verlag.