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The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
Installation view
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
Installation view
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
Installation view
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
Installation view
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Mixed media
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Printmaking
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Printmaking
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
The Hunters, 2011
Printmaking
Dan Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Ravit Harari
|+|The Hunters \ Ravit Harari

In the installation The Hunters, Yael Yudkovik pursues her earlier interest in representations of masculinity. she is concerned with male myths and archetypes; her works, however, are distinguished by a somewhat humorous tone, and are created from the perspective of a woman. For this exhibition, Yudkovik built a group of upright wooden structures – totems of sorts that feature various prints, drawings and objects. Her sculptures include bones, animal skeletons, and horns resembling hunting trophies. Yet these objects were in fact foraged in nature – an activity traditionally associated with women; they were later cleaned, cooked and sewn together in a labor-intensive process that alludes to traditional female chores. They appear alongside sharp work tools borrowed from the world of "male" labor, which protrude outwards out like weapons raised in the course of a battle, hunting implements, or phallic symbols. These totems, into which the artist has stuck knives and sharp bits of metal, make reference to pagan rituals, and raise questions concerning extreme forms of "wild" male behavior, hunting, the struggle to survive, and the relations between men and animals. Her sculptures also include ink prints that call to mind black, abstract Rorschach inkblots, signs marking a trail, animal tracks, or the imprints of hunting weapons.

These sculptures are exhibited alongside drawings from a series featuring men wearing animals masks (Acting Characters, 2005–2011) – modern minotaurs engaged in semi-erotic relations. At first glance, these drawings resemble innocent illustrations for a children's book. Yet the juxtaposition of the animal masks and the naked bodies underscores the existing sexual tension, and the protection afforded by the disguise allows for a sense of liberation from restrictive conventions and for an expression of the erotic relations between the two figures, while calling to mind pagan and tribal rituals. In this manner, Yudkovik undermines conventional perceptions of masculinity, and alludes to an androgynous sexual zone that exists beyond the traditional distinction between definitions of "masculine" and "feminine."