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Jennifer Abessira became known in 2011 for her project Elastique - a title reminiscent of a Charlotte Gainsbourg song in 1987. First in a blog format, then embracing different formats, Elastique is an attempt to classify a multi faceted reality. Abessira circumscribes the abundance of visual content that she encounters on the internet in a dialogue with her own photography. In re-creating this association of images and ideas, she creates a novel artwork and a new order for our chaotic present.
In 2013, due to a tragic accident, the artist stayed in hospital for two months. During that time, Abessira started to create art via Instagram. She was one of the first artists to define the platform as her own artist studio that everyone could visit. Her hashtags became her own way to classify her art, they acted as curators to her extensive visual narrative. Today, Instagram is both her art and the documentation of her artistic process, constantly recording her vision into the wider web.
Abessira's method is impulsive and miscellaneous. When browsing through her works, you may encounter a mixture of anecdotal and global, like a 1960s movie inspiration mixed with the insights of her family home in Israel. It would be impossible to separate the inspirations, the art and her life as all grew into one. Her visual narrative is the thread between the different realities. This is how the artist draws us to a reflection on our digital life versus the one we live physically. Is there such a thing as a separation between the two?
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. Abessira's art is both an escape, a way to make life more bearable but also a strong way to romance a life which can feel too anecdotal. The clashes of her visual imagery find unity, dialogue and meaning together. Our everyday has found a state of timelessness in the permanent present of Jennifer Abessira.
Stylemag, 4th August 2015
Jennifer Abessira und Mayan Toledano teilen eine Leidenschaft: die Farbe Pink. Findet man diese in den Bildern der Fotografin aus Tel Aviv vorzugsweise im Punktformat auf ihre iPod-Aufnahmen collagiert, hat die amerikanische Modedesignerin die gedruckten Lettern der „Feminist“-Underwear von „Me and You“ in ein zartes Pink getaucht – und damit gleich einen weltweiten Hype um das gemeinsam mit ihrer besten Freundin ...
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
S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S
2016 || LA TANGENTE | The Impossible Project space, Paris
2014 || WE LIVE AS WE DREAM - ALONE | Artstation Gallery, Tel Aviv
2012 || ELASTIQUE Curated by Boaz Aharonovitch | Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv
G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S
International Photography Festival | Jaffa Port & The Old City
Triumvirate | during Art Brussels 54 Rue Souveraine
Yesterday We Wanted To Be The Sky | Kamarade | Stockholm
Nothing Perishes | Soho Revue | London
The Disappearing of light | The Artists House | Tel Aviv
GOODS | Moby Museum | Bat Yam
PATCHBOX Project | 2nd Edition | Rome
La Culture #8 | Gordon2 | Tel Aviv
Time Is Love #6 | International Video Art Program curated by Kisito Assangni | Teheran - New York - Amsterdam - Bergen - Brussels - Spain
RANDOM | BAAD Reservoir | Bezalel Academy od Art & design | Tel-Aviv
Black Box Project | An outdoor exhibition on publicity signs | Jerusalem
Fresh Print | Feinberg Projects | Tel-Aviv
A Taste Exhibition | Essen Magazine at the Triennale | Milan
What’s Next? |Girlcore at KK Outlet | London
THE IRRECONCILABLE | Curated by Guy Yanai Catalog
Jonas Wood | Tal R | Avner Ben Gal | Matt Phillips | Guy Yanai | at the Spaceship, Tel-Aviv
EAT | Group Show | a.m.a.t.a (Italian Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art)
BAAD Reservoir collection, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tel Aviv
Possibility of a Book | Sommer Gallery - Tel Aviv | UNIVERSITY By Jennifer Abessira & Guy Yanai