Oreet Ashery

Mon 18 Apr 2011, Tue 19 Apr 2011, Wed 20 Apr 2011, Thu 21 Apr 2011, Fri 22 Apr 2011, Sat 23 Apr 2011

Barbican (Conservatory)

Video still - Oreet Ashery

Oreet Ashery, the Thinker in Residence for SPILL Festival 2011, will be based in the Hammerson room at the Barbican, where a series of daily salon conversations with infectious thinkers will take place. The conversations will drift and return to themes emerging from works in the festival, with attention to SPILL’s curatorial notion of infection.

The salons will enable partakers to contribute to the conversations with questions and comments. In addition, Ashery will be available throughout SPILL, in the Barbican and in the National theatre, to informally discuss the works in the festival.

Artist Profile

Oreet Ashery combines performance, social intervention, video installation and photography to create an interdisciplinary visual art practice. Her work engages with socio-political paradigms, confronting identities, and tends to include participatory and delegated elements. Ashery would often perform as various male characters, those have included an Orthodox Jew, a fat farmer, a false messiah, an Arab man, a black man and a Norwegian postman. Ashery is interested to expand the language of art and performance in relation to other disciplines, and to further explore the relationships between various modes of production. One of Ashery’s recent interactive performance Raging Balls was shown at Tate Modern, Brooklyn Museum, NY, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA), Lausanne, HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, amongst others, Raging Balls was the title Ashery’s solo exhibition at the Other Gallery, Beijing, June 2010. Recently Ashery published three books, the Graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, her monograph Dancing with Men and the Artangel commission Staying, Bin, Dream Soft Stud and other stories.

All Thinker’s events are free and there is no need to book, however please arrive in good time and spirits.

Photo credit: Video still – Oreet Ashery