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Nira Pereg / Patriarchs 


29 Oct 2022 - 18 Feb 2023

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh | Scotland 

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By Sofia Cotrona | 08 Dec 2022

"Pereg’s works highlight the mechanisms of exclusions in order to build complex and layered narratives about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly influenced by her own positionality – as an Israeli artist, her nationality gave her the ability to record these documentaries, yet it inevitably reduced her access to certain Muslim spaces. For example, at the end of ABRAHAM ABRAHAM SARAH SARAH, the artist doesn’t have permission to record the Muslim worshippers entering the mosque as she does with the Jewish worshippers.

Yet the artist doesn’t shy away from traumatic events such as the 1994 massacre – and the everyday forms of violence and surveillance endured by Muslim Palestinians. ISHMAEL narrates the disappropriation of the Muslim minaret and records an instance where the sunset Adhan is forbidden by Israeli authorities in response to Jewish settlers’ demand to have their own call to the Mincha prayer at the same time. The title itself draws attention to these ideas – Ishmael was Abraham’s firstborn, who was then cast out and denied his rightful place. This religious narrative charges Pereg’s work with the themes of dispossession and disappropriation that defines the experience of living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. ...

"The three distinct shows are highly contrasting. Upstairs, Israeli artist Nira Pereg presents films made in the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Old City of Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Believed to be the place where Abraham is buried, it is among the most revered religious sites for Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Following a massacre in 1994 in which 29 Muslims were killed, it has been strictly divided into Jewish and Muslim areas, reinforced by bulletproof walls and checkpoints and the presence of the Israel Defence Force.

Pereg’s two-screen film, Abraham Abraham Sarah Sarah, focuses on the occasional days when, for special festivals, each faith gains access to the whole building for a 24-hour period. She films the moments of changeover: carpets being rolled up and stored, religious artifacts placed behind locked screens, Hebrew banners hung to cover up Arabic inscriptions. By homing in on the detail, the practical, the ordinary, she hints at the depths of division which surround this contested space."...


 Solo Show 

The Script Remains the Same / Gene aynı Senaryo 

September 15– October 28, 2022 

Depo Istanbul | Türkiye

Curator Vasif Kortun 


 Related Events: 

 Artist Talk  with Curator Vasif Kortun

@ Depo September 19– 18:00 PM   

 Academic Conference ​  ​ 

Sunday, December 12th, 2021

DES- German and European Studies: Conference on Comparative Aspects of Remembrance, Memory Politics and Inter-State Conflict: Eastern, Southeastern Europe and the Middle East (Online Conference)

 Solo Show 

Nira Pereg / Twilight Zones תוספת שבת 

Curator Ami Barak

July 8-Oct 15. 21

View Exhibition Viewing Room at Braverman Gallery 

Braverman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

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Haaretz: Heb

אמנות | ביקורת אמנות- תוספת שבת TWILIGHT ZONES
אבי פיטשון
נירה פרג מציגה: איך הופכים ערימת מחסומים משטרתיים לחוויה אמנותית נעלה
בתערוכתה החדשה ממשיכה פרג לחקור התנהגות אנושית בסיטואציות טעונות פוליטית.
מבט-העל שלה מחליף קלישאות עבשות של התנגדות והיא מספקת
הצעה משלהבת להמסת גבולות

 ​PODCAST | Heb. 

״לשם שמיים״

פודקאסט התרבות של בית הנסן - מרכז לעיצוב, מדיה וטכנולגיה 14/09/2021

 רונן אידלמן ויונתן אמיר מארחים את נירה פרג

נירה פרג – לומדת מחסומים ומפרקת אותם״"

Thrilled to open my solo exhibition ABRAHAM ABRAHAM SARAH SARAH at The Tate Modern, curated by Nabila Abdel Nabi.

In light of yet another civil rights attack in Israel/Palestine, I couldn't have asked for a better time to reflect on the attempt to create order by bureaucratic procedures as mostly an absurd, futile, and politically fragile choreography of mourning.
Each geopolitical environment sheds new light on this work but it is absolutely chilling to stage this work in the austere space of THE TANKS at the Tate Modern, part temple part shelter!


The show will be on view until October 2023 at THE TANKS galleries-Tate Modern, London.

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