Merav Kamel (B. 1988, Tel Aviv) and Halil Balabin (b.1987, Jerusalem)
they both live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel.
We are excited to introduce you to the work of Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin. The artist duo has been working together since 2012, after graduating with a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design of Jerusalem.
Merav and Hallil started making dolls as gifts to one another and soon later developed them conceptually, gaining widespread critical acclaim. The fabric dolls represent an array of topics spanning from mythology to current and historical events while incorporating biographical references, nonsense, and humor, sexuality, and fantasy.
The slender figurines bear an irrefutable reference to childhood with their elastic and gawky limbs, but the hyper-sexualized and overtly-political situations they enact dismantle their innocence and open the possibility to more obscure interpretations. They work with materials like wood, metal, fabric, and cardboard to create these sculptural dolls and large-scale drawings. The drawings, made of watercolor and ink, are engraved into the paper in a process the artists akin to tattooing on skin.