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Jennifer Abessira’s method is impulsive and miscellaneous. When browsing through her works, you may encounter a mixture of global and anecdotal: close-ups from Nouvelle Vague films next tofamily scenes set in her house in Israel. The artist doesn’t separate art and inspiration from a private life — and draws us to a reflection on our digital life versus the one we actually live.
Abessira became known in 2011 for her project Elastique, a title reminiscent of a Charlotte Gainsbourg 1987 song. First in a blog format, then embracing different digital and physical forms, Elastique attempted to classify a multi-faceted reality and create a new order for the chaotic present. The clashes of her visual imagery find unity and meaning together.
In 2013, Abessira got to hospital after a car accident and, for two months, was recording her art via Instagram. She was one of the first to define this platform as an artist studio, open to the public eye. Unique hashtags became a way to curate and catalogue her extensive visual narrative. Today, Abessira's Instagram account is both a digital gallery and an instrument to document the artisticprocess, constantly streaming her vision into the wider web.
More recently, the artist created a visual narrative inspired of archival material and her digital works - 72 physical photographs displayed outside London Bridge Station and inspiring over 8 million people physically. Her art is an escape, a wayto romanticize the existence which sometimes can feel too random. In the permanent present of Jennifer Abessira, our everyday retreats into a state of timelessness.
C-print, 2nd July 2015
Jennifer Abessira is a compelling mixed media artist based in Tel Aviv where she recently graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Absorbed by her ongoing Elastique project on social media, one arising from the Internet and dictated by the condition of not working in a studio which paves way for, as she says, a spontaneous approach towards making imagery, we got in touch with Jennifer to learn more. ...
Dazed, 10th April 2015
While we watch on as Soho is culturally flattened as the closure of some of its key (see: institutionall) venues hits an all-time high, a new opening is perhaps the last thing we thought we’d see. Defying this debasing of Soho is Soho Revue, a new contemporary art gallery opening on Greek Street with the aim to “get a bit of the old Soho back”. “By pushing the art scene away from the centre of London, the city faces the risk of losing its artistic ...
Born 1984 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
2015 || MFA Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2011 || M.A, Interdisciplinary Art, Faculty of the Arts in the University of Tel Aviv
2009 || Bauhaus School at Weimar, Dessau and Berlin in honor of 90 years of the Bauhaus movement
2008 || B.A, History and French Literature, Faculty of Humanities in the University of Tel Aviv
2017 || Don’t Think Twice - Public Exhibition at the London Bridge Station, London
2016 || La Tangente - The Impossible Project, Paris
2015 || HOWHY - in collaboration with Telavivian, Romano, Tel Aviv
2015 || Alone Together – MFA graduate show
2014 || We Live as we dream – Alone, ArtStation, Tel Aviv
2012 || Elastique, Curated by Boaz Aharonovitch at Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv
2018 || Always Duty Free | Artists Residence | Herzliya
2018 || Tel Aviv Museum of Art + Teder | Tel Aviv
2018 || The Soap Cried a Lot | Al Hatsouk | Netanya
2018 || Au Soleil | Galerie Agathe Gaillard | Paris
2016 || Fragments Of | during the Frieze art fair at Castel Gibson | London
2015 || Nothing Perishes | Soho Revue | London
2014 || The Disappearing of Light | The Artists House | Tel Aviv
2013 || Goods | Curator : Joshua Simon | Moby Museum | Bat Yam
2013 || Patchbox Project 2nd edition | Rome
2013 || La Culture #8 | Gordon 2 | Tel Aviv
2013 || Time Is Love #6 | International Video Art Program curated by Kisito Assangni | Teheran - New York - Amsterdam
2012 || Random | Baad Reservoir | Bezalel Academy od Art & design | Tel-Aviv
2012 || Black Box Project | An outdoor exhibition on publicity signs | Jerusalem
2012 || Fresh Print | Feinberg Projects | Tel-Aviv
2012 || Free Admission, Shay Arye Gallery | Tel-Aviv
2012 || 1+1 | Ba’alie Hamelaha Gallery | Tel-Aviv
2012 || Essen Magazine food exhibition at Triennale Milan
2012 || What’s Next?, curated by Girlcore at KK Outlet | London
2012 || BAAD Influence | Baad Reservoir (Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design) | Tel-Aviv
2012 || The Irreconcilable, curated by Guy Yanai, Spaceship at Hayarkon 70, Tel Aviv | With Jonas Wood, Avner Ben Gal, Tal R, Matt Phillips, and Guy Yanai
2012 || E.A.T, a.m.a.t.a (Italien Friends of the Tel Aviv Meuseum of Art) Palazzo Lombradia, Milano
2011 || Possibility of a Book, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2013 || Mifal Hapais grant for an exhibition in Israel or abroad
2018 || Factory | Bat Yam
2016 || La Cite Internationale des Arts | Paris
2012 || Peila Residency, non-profit organization, appropriated by Sari Golan Sarig and Gaby Ron | Tel Aviv
2014 || Night Shots Zine published by MOOOOON
2012 || Elastique Zine published by Pogo Books.
2011 || University (collaboration with Guy Yanai) published by Possibility of a Book.
2011 || 100 Days of Active Resistance, published by Damiani & Vivienne Westwood
ART FAIRS & AUCTIONS & OTHERS
2018 || Print Screen Festival, Design Museum Holon
2015 || Avenir Magazine & Sotheby’s , London
2013 || Fresh Paint, Israel