About the Works
Ben-Ari and Wolff present The Best Defense is a Good Hamsa, which features ceramic hamsa-decorated objects as tools of passive and active offense. The hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and is commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting an open right hand, it is considered a sign of protection, providing defense against the evil eye in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.
In Lost Objects of Desire, Ben-Ari and Wolff display a collection of framed drawings, stacked together and available for the potential buyer to flip through, simulating the equivalent experience in the shuk where customers search for their "lost object of desire" through eclectic selections of artifacts.