Niv Fridman

Niv Fridman, is a multidisiplinary artist from Tel Aviv, interested in queering history.

“Sabotaging the historic narrative, which was shaped by the hetro sexual patriarchy point of view, is one of the key elements in my practice.” Niv Fridman

Born 1996 in Tel Aviv, he is a BFA graduate from Bezalel and an MA student at the Royal College of Art in London. Fridman Showed his works at the Hecht Museum in Haifa, The Israel Museum the and The Jewish museum in Munich and presented his video works at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, and the Beer Sheva Short Film Festival. He is the winner of multiple academic excellence awards, photography and music video competitions and the ARTiq scholarship. In his works, Fridman explores the lives of various figures from history such as a zoologist, 17th century painter, figures from greek mythology. Fridman’s artistic practice combines meticulous historical research with the artistic freedom to weave imaginary stories and to plant/reveal gay and queer motifs hidden beneath the surface. In the works there is a reference to the concept of disguise, as Fridman himself embodies the historical figures that he so carefully researched as well as creates their details at every stage of the process, from sewing the costumes to writing the texts, editing and post production. Fridman’s action of disguise sheds new light on archival documents and raises questions about the heterosexual point of view and how it shapes history. His works challenge the accepted differentiations between truth and fiction, past and present, reality and imagination. 

Niv exhibited his work in ARC 24: Art from Rebellion and Connection, the international annual exhibition hosted by The Queer Museum. The event, curated by Cheo Gonzalez, occurred at Cookhouse Gallery in London on January 18-19, 2024.

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