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2008  |  Jerusalem ISRAEL
One Channel Video


2008  |ONE Channel  7 min 13 sec.loop  | Edition of 7+2AP

The work SABBATH 2008 documents the closing down of the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem on the eve of the Sabbath in the year 2008. The inclusion of the year in the title of the work suggests an archival perspective, reinforced by pereg’s declaration to produce a new version every 10 years.  Thus SABBATH 2008 is a photographic ritual by itself, a ritual preceding the event which proceeds the religious ritual.


In most parts of Jerusalem, public access to the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods is blocked by means of temporary barriers, which stay put 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. Once the barriers are erected, no cars are allowed into Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox neighborhoods. The city is thus topologically transformed into two cities – with and 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 mundane.

Filming & Editing: Nira Pereg 

Sound design : Nati Zeidenstadt  |  Post: Tal Korjak

Publisher: Tel Aviv Museum of Art. March 2011

Soft Cover: 170 pages
Language: English & Hebrew
ISBN : 978-965-91706-0-9
Dimensions:  27 x19 cm
Shipping Weight: 1 KG

Design by: Nadav Shalev

Medium Religion: Faith, Geopolitics, Art 
by Boris Groys (Author), Peter Weibel (Author)
Paperback – February 28, 2010
Publisher : Walther König, Köln (February 28, 2010)
Language : English
Paperback : 230 pages
ISBN-10 : 3865606040
ISBN-13 : 978-3865606044
Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
Dimensions : 7.91 x 0.84 x 10.07 inches
The religious movements of today no longer depend on the handselling of literature such as bibles, pamphlets etc, but instead operate predominantly with electronic picture media such as video and television that can be disseminated much more widely, and which are capable of enormous rhetorical impact. Medium Religion approaches religion as a media phenomenon, whose expressions are subject to the same laws of reproduction as any other consumer entity, and focuses particularly on geopolitical religious hotspots like the Middle East, Asia, Russia, North America and South America. It contains commentary by (among others) such notable thinkers as Boris Groys, Peter Sloterdijk and Slavoj Zizek; contributing artists include Adel Abdessemed, Oreet Ashery, Maja Bajevic, Paul Chan, Omer Fast, Barbad Golshiri, Kajri Jain, Vitali Komar, Alexander Kosolapov, Nira Pereg, Dorna Safaian, Anri Sala, Michael Schuster, Wael Shawky, Joshua Simon and Jalal Toufic.
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exhibiton history

The New Museum, NYC | USA


Musée national d’art moderne centre Pompidou

Paris | France


Chiado Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles | USA

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin | Germany; 


Winner of The Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation

Israeli Art Prize 2009, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art,

Tel Aviv | Israel

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