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Nelly Agassi: Video Works

December 19, 2012-April 2, 2013
Location: Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery
Artist: Nelly Agassi
Curator: Amitai Mendelsohn
Media: Video
Artist Nelly Agassi uses her body as a platform on which she performs repetitive actions dealing with femininity, physical pain, and emotional experiences. From the beginning of her career in the mid-1990s, Agassi’s video works have documented these actions with an immediacy that resonates with the art of the 1970s, which placed the body at the forefront. Yet, the intimacy of her work distinguishes Agassi from those artists who used the body for ideological purposes. Though in many of her works Agassi seems to record mundane actions, their slow, meditative repetition transforms them into powerful rituals that expose the fragility of the body and its limitations, while conveying both lyricism and drama