FLORENTIN SERIES C-Print with Relief and Painting
Florentin (Hebrew: פלורנטין) is a neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv, Israel, named for Solomon Florentin, a Greek Jew who purchased the land in the late 1920s.
Florentin was initially populated primarily by poor Sephardic Jewish immigrants from North Africa, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, and Bukhara. As with much of Southern Tel Aviv, for many decades the area has suffered from urban decay and poverty.
By the 1960s, the area had declined from a working class area, to becoming a slum, as the original Florentin residents moved out. However, since the 1990s and 2000s, the area has also attracted many younger residents and artists who were first attracted by its lower-rents, and the neighborhood is now also associated with a bohemian life style. Florentin now has numerous artists' workshops, cafes, restaurants, markets and graffiti tours. The area is also an industrial zone and a garment district, where both Jewish and Arab wholesalers buy and sell clothing and furniture.
The area is known for its vibrant local-art scene. With the arrival of a bohemian community and the opening of many workshops in the 1990s, the mix of garages and abandoned buildings in the area, attracted many artists who used the areas' crumbling walls as a canvas for large works.
The Florentin series reflects my sensation of the busy life of this Tel Aviv area. My works interpret the graffiti of South Tel Aviv and the colorful surfaces of the walls of old buildings. Thus, the urban exterior finds a place in the modern interior.
- – Bridges. Group exhibition. Shanxi University Art Center, Taiyuan, China. Curator: Elena Chumina.