Tamar Gispan-Greenberg & Cornelia Renz

left: Cornelia Renz, right: Tamar Gispan-Greenberg

Tamar Gispan-Greenberg is an art historian, researcher and curator and since 2016 director and curator of ‚The New Gallery – Artists‘ Studios Teddy’. For the last 20 years Gispan-Greenberg has worked as an independent curator for different institutions such as the Jerusalem Print workshop, the Tower of David Museum and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. As a Jerusalemite curator she is aware of and interested in the multicultural aspects of the city and Israel as such and this has an important impact on the process of her curatorship. One of her latest shows, Contemporary Arabesque, at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, for example examined how local Palestinian and Israeli artists adopt various motifs associated with the Moslem decorative element known as arabesque. For the last three years she has served as the director and curator of ‚The New Gallery – Artists‘ Studios Teddy’ in Jerusalem.  

In her capacity as director of the Gallery she supported the idea to have a show about the Anti-Heroine and invited the initiators to show the exhibition B-side a-Heroine at ‚The New Gallery – Artists‘ Studios Teddy’ and to co-curate it. 

Cornelia Renz is a German artist, living and working in Berlin and Jerusalem. She deals with gender topics and examines the construction of power structures and moral double standard both in her work and beyond. As member and speaker of the board of bbk berlin (association of professional artist, Berlin) she initiated a survey on the Gender (Pay) Gap and the family situation of the visual artists of Berlin, that was released by end of april 2018 making headlines with the results. Next to her artistic practise she engages in curating, mounting exhibitions such as ‚Mixed Memories‘, that focusses on memories originating from the interwoven history of Germany and Israel and that investigates the twilight zone, where emotional memories mingle with factual remnants. It was accompanied by the panel ‚Mixed memories: Intimate Memoirs, Official Memorials and the Collective Memory – The Shared History of Germany and Israel Through the Eyes of Visual Culture‘. ‚Hide and Expose‘ brought together three female artists, whose works repeatedly deal with the representation of the female body in art and media of their societies and was accompanied by the artist talk ‚The Bare Body – Between Enlightenment and Censorship‘. In the exhibition series ‚If you are dating me, you do not need chemicals’, that she organized together with artists Niki Elbe and Xenia Fink the three artists examined the intersections of their works, often centred on the „Lolitas“, and „Lulus“ of literature. Behind their beautiful appearance, their heroines seem to hide monsters, lurking creatures that counteract the male idealization of female innocence.