Bank Hapoalim Carpet was hand-woven in Afghanistan over the course of a year and then smuggled into Israel, due to the lack of diplomatic relations between the countries. The large-scale carpet, mounted on a wall, is accompanied by an interactive app and a documentary video
Bank Hapoalim, which literally means "The Worker's Bank" in Hebrew, is one of Israel's largest banks. It was founded by the Socialist movement and was identified with the working class in Israel until it was privatized in the late '90s. Even though its days as a Socialist symbol have long since passed, the bank still keeps its name "The Workers' Bank."
Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo consists of a large-scale hand-woven tapestry and a complementary video.
Tapestry is a traditional European technique that was used to document royals and often depict hunting scenes. Based on an article published in The New York Times in 1902, the project uses this aristocratic medium to portray a modern-day hunting scene of a black hero: a young panther who escaped the Bronx Zoo, evaded a police pursuit, dove into the Bronx River and swam to his freedom.
Electricity Garden is a large-scale ceramic piece mounted on one of the walls at HaHashmal Garden (The literal meaning of "Electricity Garden" in Hebrew). The garden is located in Tel Aviv, and is known as an unmarked border between some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city and the wealthy Rothschild Boulevard.
Providing an aerial view of the garden, the piece resembles orientation maps typically found in much larger parks and historical sites and explores the gap between the blueprint and the garden, between the ideal representation and actual reality.
Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark features a model of the Ark of the Covenant wrapped in an Ethiopian embroidered fabric, and a complementary video. The project revolves around the Ethiopian version of the biblical encounter between the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, as it was told in Kebra Nagast—an epic Ethiopian story.
The installation imitates an ethnographic artifact and formal display modes, which are common in folk museums. The project's first display at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art was followed by participating in an ethnographic exhibition of Ethiopian artifacts. Walking a tightrope between these two worlds, the project raises questions about cultural appropriation and subverts the notion of authenticity.
Maimonides's Attire reconstructs the likeness of Maimonides, one of the most important figures in Judaism and an influential intellectual in Islamic culture as well.
The project is based on a common legend about the sultan Saladin, who fell ill and the only one who was able to cure him was Maimonides. As a thank you gift, Saladin gave Maimonides a jalabiya and a 1000 dinar banknote.
Maimonides statue was reconstructed in accordance with 1000 NIS banknote issued in Israel in 1983.
Roses develops an iconographic system that can represent a person’s romantic profile, as a diagram shaped like a rose bush. Each element symbolizes a romantic occurrence, opinion or preference, regarding one's past, present and desired romantic experiences.
Inspired by Christian art, the image is meant to be produced as a stained glass window. Roses is designed to be programmed into an app and thus allow every person to represent her or his love in the form of a rose. By elevating common people to stained-glass-worthy figures, Roses democratizes this traditional technique that is usually being used to portray saints and European aristocrats.
Urban Legends is a series of 10 fabricated stamps. When sent through the mail, all the stamps have successfully passed the postal clerk inspection and reached their destinations.
Urban Legends resides on the border of truth and deception, authenticity and forgery. Trying to trace the way myths are being shaped into national symbols, this project imitates the aesthetics of postage stamps, with one exception: instead of portraying heroic myths, Michaeli poured into the official stamp design some popular urban legends. The ‘low’ traditional stories were elevated into national truths when they reached their destinations with state postmarks.