Aviv Magazine Launch Party at Gabirolby Gili Merin | 22.05.16
After a festive launch at the Berghain Canteen in Berlin, Aviv Magazine arrives to Tel Aviv for a launch party at Gabirol Gallery. The bilingual print magazine, which presents contributions in the fields of literature and art in both German and Hebrew, attempts to establish a non-traditional approach to language, while renewing the dormant relationship between the two.
“Our main goal with Aviv is to question the essence of culture” says Itamar Gov, co-editor of the Magazine.“We try to widen the term ‘culture’, break a certain pattern of ‘them’ and ‘us’ and utilize the language itself as a tool.” Along with publisher and magazine founder Hanno Hauenstein, they emphasise their dispatch from nationality and nationalism: “it isn’t about Israelis or Germans, but about language and its direct effect on our perspective. Our key interest is to establish a young and autonomous voice that exposes yet less illuminated content between these languages and highlights the underlying historical and political complexities.”
While both are based in Berlin, Gov was born in Tel Aviv and Hauenstein in Regensburg. While they are both multilingual and speak both German and Hebrew (both are even responsible for most of the translations presented in Aviv) they acknowledge that both the writers and the readers are of two different background, and thus attempt to “embrace this linguistic diversity as enrichment and bi-linguality as a gift.”
On Thursday May 26th, Aviv will arrive to Gabirol Gallery for the official launch party on the first issue, with poetry readings by Roy Hasan, Hila Lahav and Samir Saraya, as well as a chance to purchase the print magazine itself.
Took part in the issue: Etgar Keret, Yael Bartana, Roy Hasan, Nir Arieli, Nir Baram, Maxim Biller, Noam Brusilovsky, Max Czollek, Danit Dottan, Antje Eigner, Vanessa Emde, Theresia Enzensberger, Julia Fermentto, Gadi Goldberg, Itamar Gov, Hanno Hauenstein, Sapir Heller, Tom Ising, Boaz Keren-Gil, Michael Kessus Gedalyovich, Hilà Lahav, Stefan Loeber, Alice Meroz, Hilla Toony Navok, Aya Negev, Maruan Paschen, Jossi Reich, Samira Saraya, Shirin Sabahi, Ingmar Spiller, Adina Stern and Sima Ebrahimi-Yazdi.
link to the event here