„It Took Me Till Now to Find You“ at Lazarides is a new project by Addam Yekutieli, aka Know Hope. After dealing with mostly universal issues from an intellectual stand point in his previous work, this particular body of work deals with a situation that is very local and close to the artist himself.
The Israeli wordsmith/artist – famous for his fragmented poems – tattooed his street art on to 24 people for his latest exhibition
Know Hope likes paronomasia. You might have guessed from his name that he likes to play with words – his street interventions often centre on fragmented poems, phrases that hang on surfaces like aphorisms for an elegiac generation.
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As he prepares for a new exhibition in London, street artist Addam Yekutieli (aka Know Hope) reflects on his work, how life in Israel has influenced him, and describes some of the differences between a gallery show and the street art he’s created before.
The elusive Tel Aviv street artist Know Hope is known to his admirers as Israel’s answer to Banksy. The artist, who is in the UK to paint a mural for students at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, creates cardboard cut-out figures and painted scenes on street corners, lampposts and pavements of Tel Aviv. He talks to Jessica Elgot about art on the streets of Israel, avoiding politics, and the new trend for graffiti in the Holy Land.