Eliahou Eric Bokobza









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Little boy
Installation for the exhibition Ani-Ma
             The Hebrew University Art Gallery, Jerusalem, May 2012            





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Eliahou Eric Bokobza - Little Boy

 Little Boy�, translated by the artist as, �boys� games�, deals with the process of growing up and overcoming fears. Bokobza exhibits two personal cases with a web of images that relate to the Israeli culture � a soldier, a refugee, a robot, a settler and a bomb; and the Japanese culture � a bomb, Mount Fuji, a Sequoia encapsulated in a bonsai tree, a red sun ,and a good luck cat. Mixed materials, a melange of childhood memories blended in acrylic Israeli history scrambled with Japanese history, Japanese and Israeli dolls, borrowed
.from his house in Tel Aviv to the Jerusalem exhibition hall.

 The work�s title, �Little Boy�, is borrowed from the past � it is the code word for the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. The naive aesthetics of the titles �White Light� and Black Rain� also conceal the memory of the bomb. The childish character of his works draws� its inspiration from the paintings of Murakami Takashi, who created a similarly titled exhibition, pointing to Japan�s traumatic defeat in the war as the reason for the childish
character of its culture. This childishness offers a humoristic way of dealing with the fear of loss and failure.
One event mobilizes another, past connects to present in a decorative design which serves as a link between the �Middle� and the �Far� East.

 Another way of coping with the horrors of war is by playing with soldiers and robots. For this end Bokobza recruits the image of the soldier in floral printed uniforms, a familiar character from his previous works. The soldier�s bullet proof vest is decorated with Israeli and biblical motifs as well as elements from the Japanese comics� culture. The vest draws its inspiration from the sukajan, a popular jacket among young Japanese whose shape is reminiscent of a war jacket. It boasts unique embroidery prints whose origins can be found in the local culture. The jacket is a takeoff on the American army coat, worn by the soldiers who commemorated their memories in embroidery. In a separate case Bokobza sets a robot doll carved from olive tree, in its center the Tower of David serves as a shield. The rest of the pictures are taken from his New Zionists project. Figures in space suits set in gold and silver plastic. Luring, flashy, dazzling objects, turn the world of war into a fantasy world, and create a disturbing gap between sweetness and the terror of war, blending local and Japanese aesthetics

Curators: Michal Mor and Shalmit Bejarano