to Jun 15

PLEASE DO TOUCH solo exhibition, United Nations, New York

Please Do Touch Project

The Please Do Touch series of installations make a connection between art, social and environmental topics and disability. The installations are part of the Taking Action! project that Yaniv Janson launched 5 years ago. Yaniv was invited by MFAT to present this collection at the United Nations.

The installations focus on high priority themes which address the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yaniv is working on creating new art for this exhibition and plans to travel in New Zealand to consult with the disability community and so be able to integrate their ideas into his work. This would make this project the first collective one of its kind. 

Art can facilitate the complex understanding between humankind and its environment through alternative languages involving all our senses. Please Do Touch installations make use of visual, body, oral and kinetic languages to speak to the variety of human experiences - to collaborate and work on humanity’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Working towards crucial environmental goals allows Yaniv to give back to his community by proving that disability is not a barrier to achieving and sharing a social message with others” – Bernadette Grosyeux, Presidente, Eg’Art, Paris, France

"Janson’s animation on the website of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [hrc.co.nz/yaniv-janson/impact] and his books featuring art, social change and education illustrate the concepts inspiring his work with international organisations such as the UNESCO and Apple".

Proposed Installations: The Please Do Touch exhibition advocates for increased access to the arts for people with a disability. Conversely, this series of installations shows how the disability sector can contribute to the community as a whole, by facilitating sensory art experiences to all community members whilst addressing our core present and future challenges. The purpose of inviting the audience to interact with the art by touching and listening to it is to engage with the topic on as many levels as possible. The installations unpack the following 5 Sustainable Development Goals. The installations will travel to Montenegro in October 2017 and later to the UNESCO in Paris. Creative New Zealand is gratefully acknowledged for the grant received for this project.  

Sample image for the works done for Goal 14 - Life Below Water, and the vital role that conservation plays in supporting our fragile ecosystems. 

Please Do Touch SDG 14 Diptych a Life Below Water Yaniv Janson Acrylic on canvas 160 X 120cm.jpg

Please do Touch


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to Oct 31

Paris launch of PLEASE DO TOUCH [solo exhibition]

View photos and movies from this launch here.

Yaniv Janson is a young artist and political commentator. Through his art, he works to raise awareness about environmental and social issues and to move audiences to create impact. He has exhibited his work extensively in New Zealand and abroad. Yaniv’s passion is to give a voice to more disabled people whilst contributing back to society: 

“ Working towards crucial environmental goals allows Yaniv to give back to his community by proving that disability is not a barrier to achieving and sharing a social message with others” 

Bernadette Grosyeux, Presidente, Eg’Art, Paris, France

Janson’s animation on the website of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission [hrc.co.nz/yanivjanson/impact] and his books featuring art, social change and education illustrate his ideas, works and concepts, and inspired his work with international organizations such as the UNESCO and Apple. 

"I have had the privilege to observe Yaniv’s creative journey since he enrolled as a student at The Learning Connection. In the beginning Yaniv could not explain the inspiration and thought processes behind his work. He would instead talk about how it was created; maybe assuming it would satisfy our need to understand the ‘why’. Since those early days Yaniv has learned to explain his unique view and experience of the world linguistically. Interestingly, this development influences his visual language and creative processes leading to a new body of work". 

Marcel Baaijens, Director, Sitdance and Nontropolis.com 

Expressing unique and subjective points of view is an ethical and esthetical examination at once, and it is in that exact spirit that made 

Mémoire de l’Avenir – Memory of the Future choose to expose the work and ideas of Yaniv Janson from October 6th to November 6th 2017 and to organize a round table with the artist and specialists on the 18th.

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to Mar 13

Rich, and Middle Class and Poor

Opening Thursday 9 February at 5pm; 120 Victoria St, Hamilton, New Zealand
Ph +64 7 838 6928

A series of paintings which ask the viewer to look at how people feel about their living conditions and what options are realistically available to ensure society has adequate housing. Yaniv's art draws the viewer in through the use of vibrant colour, then while he has their attention, addresses issues of inequality, housing, poverty and social justice. By Leafa Wilson, Waikato Museum Curator



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to Feb 1

Raglan Arts Weekend

Head for an inspiring Art and Tasty Food during Auckland Anniversary Weekend at the Raglan Arts Weekend and Little Food Fest: http://raglanartscentre.co.nz/raglan-arts-weekend. Yaniv will exhibit at the Old School Arts Centre on Stewart Street on these three dates. His artwork will also be on sale at the Old School Exhibition and Silent Auction which will be open daily from 16 January to 1 February, 10am-3pm.

Download the Raglan Arts Weekend brochure (Yaniv is artist #27) here.

You can also check out participating artists’ work via www.facebook.com/raglanart.

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Yaniv donated his "Sinking Islands" painting which raised $3000 for KIDSCAN at the 2015 Attitude Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. This was the second time Yaniv donated a painting to raise funds for KIDSCAN - a charity founded in 2005 that supports the education of thousands of disadvantaged New Zealand children a day, in 500 low decile schools nationwide.

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Yaniv was selected as a finalist in the 24th Wallace Art Awards for his painting from the Rich Middle Class and Poor collection. 

Established by Sir James Wallace 24 years ago, the Annual Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. These are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $195,000.

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