Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufr Bir’im

Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufer Bir’im, I Understood, Video, 2002, 18:00 min. Camera: Nili Aslan, Director: Levi Zini

Hila Lulu Lin Farah-Kufer Bir’im, *1964, Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, Israel

lives and works in Tel Aviv. Her partner is the artist Hanna Farah-Kufer Bir’im and her bi-national relationship is reflected in her work. In the late 1980s, she created a sensation with a series of video works that shocked the viewer with her challenging way of self-presentation. She used and presented her body as a kind of creative space she uses to represent the tension between stranger and familiar, inside and outside, pure and impure, life and death.

To this day, Lin is intensely concerned with (her) body, sexuality, alienation and homelessness. She works across genres with sculptures, poems, drawings, photographs and videos. All her works are characterized by a personal aesthetic that goes beyond normative boundaries.

*It seems the sentence the „personal is political“ / „the political is personal“ fits her, perhaps now more than ever. On the one hand, there are images with clear affinities to the body, such as the burning heart, the stretched skin, the bleached pupils, or the bleeding fingers. That is to say, the body is still the principle site of her work, a body that is formulated within the discourse of sexuality and erotica, a body that is seemingly experienced from the inside and testifies to the horrors of interna complications, to the painful and frightening experience of exposed sexuality, whose nerves have been torn. …* © Tami Katz-Freiman, November 2002, http://www.katzfreiman.com/

Prizes and Scholarships:

In 1988-94 she was supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 1992, she received the Young Artist Award from the Yad Lebanim Museum, Petah Tikvah and the Kadishman Young Artist Award from the Ministry of Education. In 1995 she was awarded the Fine Arts Award by the Minister of Education and Culture, Israel, and in 1998 the Arthur Goldreich Prize. In 2002 she was awarded the Isracard Credit Card Award by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.