israeli designer and artist nilly mozer takes the art of origami to a whole new level with her eerie and intriguing wall-piece titled ‘parasite’. simulating a black vine, the abstract installation sits at the corner of the exhibition as if clinging to the surface with no mercy. 

image © hadar saifan, courtesy of MUSA – eretz israel museum, tel aviv



exhibited at the eretz museum in tel-aviv, nilly mozer‘s artwork results from a modular-orgimai technique in which identical units are traditionally folded and then weaved into each to create a 3D sculpture. this technique is sometimes called golden venture folding, referring to a chinese ship which carried migrants seeking shelter in the united states. these refugees, who were detained for a long period of time, used this technique to create items that helped them fund their migration processes.

image © hadar saifan, courtesy of MUSA – eretz israel museum, tel aviv



the many units that make up this work were diligently folded by workers from the far east, with whom the artist has fashioned reciprocal relations. in the end, this work celebrates the art of origami which developed in that part of the world but also raises some questions on work relations and trade in the global market.

image © hadar saifan, courtesy of MUSA – eretz israel museum, tel aviv

image © hadar saifan, courtesy of MUSA – eretz israel museum, tel aviv

image © hadar saifan, courtesy of MUSA – eretz israel museum, tel aviv



project info: 


exhibiton: on the edge – israeli paper

curator: anat getenyu

period: 03.2017 – 07.2017

location: muza, eretz israel museum, tel-aviv

material: bristol paper

technique: modular origami

folding: thao kotle (NYC) ; uyen trang and her team (vietnam)

dimensions: 255 cm(H) x 50 cm (W)



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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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