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The Pit
Artifacts raised up from the belly of the earth
December 22 -   April 10, 2021

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 during the British Mandate era, in operation from the mid-1920s until the early 1950s.

The exhibition is an attempt to “dig out” the material mass from the artifacts unearthed in the dig, and their embodied design content, with the hope that these finds will tell us something new and unexpected. The first sight of the object interrogates it: What were you? When were you made? What did they do with you? Why did they throw you out? Are there objects like you being made now? What was life like in your era? The exhibition tour proposes a different type of dialogue with the objects removed from the mound of trash.

This is a three-part dialogue: the first engages in the syntax of the buried design languages; the second offers an opportunity to observe simulated reality of life conducted underneath the earth’s surface. The third part reinforces the encounter with 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 

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





Avihai Mizrahi and Neil Nenner


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