Play / Stop

9 March – 9 April 2012

Nira Pereg. Kept Alive

It is our culture and religious heritage as well as the related social rules and behavioural patterns that that the Israeli artist Nira Pereg (born 1969) focuses on in her films, video installations and photographs. Her documentary approach questions (local) power structures
and rituals that determine the daily life of all individuals. The respective work orbits social realities in the form of an open narration. Nira Pereg follows a conceptual strategy in the process that is characterized by a precisely placed overlapping of image and sound as well as a reduced and simultaneously exceedingly aesthetic pictorial language.
In her video Kept Alive (2009-10)
and in the accompanying series of photographs, Nira Pereg presents “Har HaMenuchot” (Mountain of Rest), Jerusalem’s largest and continuously growing cemetery as a site of remembrance and workplace as well as an urban concept: The cemetery becomes the site of an everyday performance – the construction and maintenance of graves. The strong and omnipresent influence of the graves on Israel’s social system is directly visualised by means of the enormous terrain where this world and the next meet.

This work, which was awarded the 2009 Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize, is being shown for the first time in Germany.

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