Natural Reserve

From 16.11.2023 to 26.01.2023

Nashira Gallery hosted, from 16 of November 2023 to 26 of January 2024, the exhibition Natural Reserve by the international award-winning artist Zadok Ben-David.

Ben-David, who has always placed at the centre of his artistic research the desire of a return to a state of harmony between man and other living beings, makes nature the undisputed protagonist of his works and flowers and plants the main actors.

The works on display in the exhibition are sculptures, videos and installations, in constant dialogue with one another.

The most majestic work is Blackfield: a 5-metre diameter site-specific installation consisting of more than 6,000 species of plants and flowers taken from 19th century Botanical Encyclopaedias. 

On the one hand painted in vivid and bright colours, on the other in dark and gloomy tones, the flowers and plants of which the installation is composed represent nature in all its nuances and lead the viewer to reflect on his or her own emotions and state of transience.

Blackfield is an optimistic psychological installation that presents two extreme situations: life and death. However, it is a choice rather than a destiny. The flowers are intended as a metaphor, a symbol of two extreme emotional states-happiness and sorrow”. Zadok Ben-David

In Natural Reserve, the artist, who shows great skill in conveying emotions with his works through the skilful use of materials and colours, expresses through art a profound reflection on human beings, their role and responsibility in the ecosystem.

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Natural Reserve, installation view, 2023

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Natural Reserve, installation view, 2023

Changing Mood 5, Blackfield

Blackfield, installation view, detail

Natural Reserve, installation view, 2023

Sunny Moon, Winter Sun, Sun Rise, Blackfield

Blackfield, installation view, detail

Natural Reserve, installation view, 2023

Natural Reserve, installation view, 2023

Happy Days (Large)