b. 1975, Israel
Lives and works in New York
Ofri Cnaani employs both video and drawing to challenge accepted notions of domination, feminine bodily experiences, and spatial awareness. Cnaani’ work explores the theatrical potential of the urban space and investigates the relationship between architecture and narrative, seeking to dissolve spatial distinctions between reality and mythical realms. Working with exciting architecture, she often use video projection in order to create new physical and psychological experiences within spaces that we otherwise assume are known. Her ink on Mylar drawings functions as a single frame within a larger narrative. The works present situations, which oscillate between the playful and the violent, expressing a diffused or contained aggression, which is always in a state of emergency. Both the subject matter and the presentation and composition continue my previous investigations of power-relations, gender roles, and the nature of visuality.