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The Pit
Artifacts raised up from the belly of the earth
February 25

The current exhibition attempts to lend an ear to the findings from the archaeological dig in the Mikveh Israel landfill – Tel Aviv’s first garbage dump that operated during the British Mandate from the mid-1920s until the early 1950s.

The exhibition is an attempt to “draw out” of the excavated substances the material mass and its formal contents, with the hope that they will tell us something new and unexpected. The first glance at an object extracted from the dig seeks to understand what it is, who made it, what was its use, and why it was discarded.

The exhibition proposes a slightly different type of dialogue and it consists of three parts: the first engages the syntax of the languages of design buried in the landfill; the second offers a view on life underneath the earth’s surface; the third presents evocative objects collected and traded by virtue of the stories attributed to them.


Curators and exhibition design: Avihai Mizrahi and Neil Nenner

The research/work team at the landfill: Prof. Tamar Elor, Dr. Assaf Nativ, Arbel Levy.

Historical research: Dr. Yaron Balslev 



photo: Shachar Fleischmann


The research is supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, our partners in sponsoring this exhibition, and with the support of Dan Region Association of Towns.



Avihai Mizrahi and Neil Nenner


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