Nira Pereg’s Shabbat: Santa Monica in 2010
Artis announces Nira Pereg’s exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art:
Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008
January 16, 2010 – April 17, 2010
“The Santa Monica Museum of Art will present the United States premier of Sabbath 2008 in Project Room 2 from January 16 through April 17, 2010. Sabbath 2008 documents the closing down of the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem on the eve of the Sabbath. In most cases, public access to these neighborhoods is blocked by means of temporary barriers, which remain closed for 24 hours—thus creating an artificial border between these areas and the rest of the city. The barriers are put in place by neighborhood residents, with the approval and support of the Jerusalem municipality and the police. The city therefore becomes topologically transformed into two cities—one with and one without cars. Although the value of these somewhat rickety barriers may appear above all symbolic, their presence is a source of friction and conflict; they delineate a clear cut boundary between the sacred and the everyday. Pereg’s subject matter is often full of political tension, but in Sabbath 2008, she has created a film that is objective in offering a documentary view of an important aspect of Jewish culture.
Nira Pereg, born in Israel in 1969, lives in Israel and Germany. She spent the 1990s in New York, where she received a B.F.A from Cooper Union, and she graduated from the Bezalel M.F.A studio program in Jerusalem; Pereg now teaches internationally. Pereg’s works have been exhibited at such venues as PS 1 New York, HDK Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, the Israeli Museum in Jerusalem, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and at various international festivals. Her recent solo and group exhibitions include: Art Focus 5/2008: Can Art Do More? (2008); Real Time: Art in Israel 1998-2008, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2008); PROGR, Bern, Switzerland (2007), Anita Beckers Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany (2007), Liverpool Biennial, England (2006); Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (2007); and Loop Video-Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain (2006).”