Nira Pereg (born Israel, 1969) multichannel video installations challenge the status quo of any territory she immerses herself in. She anchors her work in documentary practice, developing her own “play of resolutions''. Pereg often employs multi-channel presentations which both estrange the events from their origin, and “reenact” them within the exhibition space. This particular aesthetic intervention heightens a constant discomfort with “the way things are”.
Over the past 20 years Pereg’s work dealt with questions that emerge from the unavoidable synergy of spirit and matter, theory and practice.
Her work both reveals and questions behavioural protocols, as they coexist in liminal spaces of geopolitical, religious, ideological and ethical importance. These border zones serves as a platform for Pereg’s interest and involvement in the social manifestations of power structures which influence our lives.
“Nira Pereg works by immersing herself in contexts that are both familiar and conflictual, thereby doing away with the notions of proximity and distance. This apparently distant eye that Nira Pereg systematically applies to her subjects is the very form of her commitment. To show the mechanics of exclusion, to set up one’s camera in front of the protocol of separation, as she does in Abraham Abraham Sarah Sarah, is to do much more than merely document a situation, it is to follow the thread of life running through socio-political mechanisms, to undertake an archaeology of the present.”
Nicolas Bourriaud “Nira Pereg’s Frontier Zones” as it appears in the monograph Nira Pereg, Abraham Abraham Sarah Sarah (Publisher: Éditions Musée d’art et d'histoire du Judaïsme. October 2014)
Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and is represented in the collections of many museums, including the Center Pompidou Paris, PS1 New York, Hirshhorn Museum USA, ZKM Karlsruhe, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The national Gallery of Canada, .Princeton University and TATE modern, London.
She currently lives and works in Tel Aviv.
DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey (forthcoming, 2021), Braverman Gallery (2021), LAX, Los Angeles (2018); Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany (2017) The Rose Art Museum, Boston, Art Basel, (2015), Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Ticho House (2015); Prix Maratier -Musee d'art et d'histoire du Juda"sme, Paris (2014); Center for Contemporary Art CCA, Tel- Aviv (2013); The Cultura Judaica, Sao Paulo (2012); Kusntahlle DÜsseldorf (2012); Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (2011); Tel- Aviv Museum of Art (2010); N.B.k, Berlin (2010).
Arc en rêve centre d'architecture, Bordeaux (2020), Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2020);, ANNE+ ART CONTEMPORAIN, Paris (2019 'Videoland', Kunsthal KAde, Amersfoot, The Netherlands (2019); DEPO Istanbul (2019); American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, USA (2019); Israel Pavilion, Venice architecture biennial, Venice (2018, 2015); National Gallery of Canada (2014); The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2014); Musee National D'art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2013); Neuberger Museum of Art, NY (2013); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (2013); The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2010); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2009); Art Focus, Jerusalem (2008); PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY(2006); The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (2004).
The Right to Clean, Exhibition catalogue, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. Contributing writers include Gannit Ankori, Timna Seligman, Boris Groys and Christopher Bedford (201s); Nicolas Bourriaud, Joseph Cohen, Raphael Zagury-Orly, "Abraham Abraham, Sarah Sarah," Prix Maratier -La Fondation pro mahj le musée d'art et d'histoire du juda"sme, (October, 2014). Kept Alive, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Walter Koenig (2012). Mignon Nixon ,"The undiscovered country," ARTFORUM (October 2010); Leah Ollman, Art in America, June-July (2010); Boris Groys, "The Hard Pulse of Regularity," Programma Magazine (May 2010);
2006 'Idud Hayezira'- Israeli Culture ministry, Israel.
2010 Winner of the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize’sTel-Aviv Museum, Israel.
2013 Prix Maratier ward 2013 , The Fondation Pro mahJ, Paris, France.
2016 Israels’ minister of culture first senior video artist award.
2016 The Lia Van Leer Award of the Experimental Cinema and Video Art Competition, Jerusalem Film festival, Israel.
2011-2021... Senior Lecturer and staff member at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art
2011-2015 Lecturer at Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem
Lecturer at Ma'ale Film School, Jerusalem
20011 Guest Professor at USCD Department of Sociology, San Diego, CA, USA
2006-2008 Guest Professor at the HFG-Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe invitation of
Prof.Boris Groys and Prof.Peter Sloterdike.
2002-2005 Senior Lecturer and staff member Department of Fine Arts, Haifa University
2000-2004 Lecturer HaMidrasha -Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berl College
2000-2003 Lecturer at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Tate Modern, UK
Center Pompidou collection, Paris
Israel Museum Collection, Jerusalem;
Tel-Aviv Museum of Art collection, Tel Aviv;
Goetz collection, Munich,
GAM collection, Torino;
SIP collection, Tel-Aviv
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Podesta collection, Washington
Robert and Renee Drake, Wassenaar. Netherlands
Barzilai Hollander collection, Brussles;
Nathalie Cohen collection, Paris;
Vivian Ostrovsky collection
Wendy Fisher collection London;
Artis Video Series: Nira Pereg (2011)
Interview with Nira Pereg, July 2010, with discussion of the works:
"Sabbath 2008," "Kept Alive," "and Melancholy," and "67 Bows".
For more information about contemporary artists from Israel, visit artiscontemporary.org
'Double Exposure Project', The Shpilman Institute for Photography, Israel;
Commentary video by Boris Groys and Nira Pereg; Curator: Aya Luria
אמנות | ביקורת אמנות- תוספת שבת TWILIGHT ZONES
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
ביקור סטודיו אצל נירה פרג
הסיפור שאני רוצה לספר הוא הסיפור של המבט – שיחה עם נירה פרג
Interview with Nira Pereg (Yeal Shenkar)
The Story I Want to Tell is the Story of Perspective
Rites of Preservation, Nira Pereg, 9/12/17
Nira Pereg: Topology of Holiness