Oreet Ashery is a London based, interdisciplinary visual artist. Ashery’s practice engages with socio-political paradigms and tends to include participatory and delegated elements. Interested in notions of subjectivity and authenticity, Ashery will frequently produce work as a male character. Those have included; an orthodox Jewish man, an Arab man, a black man, a Norwegian postman, a large farmer and most recently a false messiah.
Ashery exhibits, performs, intervenes and screens her work extensively in an international context, both in highly established art contexts, as well as in highly experimental public spaces or situations. Ashery’s work has been discussed in numerous art, academic and cultural publications and books, in various languages. Ashery had published three books in 2009; The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a joint graphic novel and an expanded project with the artist Larissa Sansour (Charta), Dancing with Men; interactive performances, interactions and other artworks (Live Art Development Agency), and Staying; Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories (Artangel), a particaporty project with women seeking asylum in the UK due to their sexual orientation. Ashery is an AHRC fellow in the drama department at Queen Mary University, she takes parts in talks and panel discussions on a regular basis and has been engaged with educational work and projects in the public sphere for many years.
As part of Immune weekend at Emmetrop/Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, A Small Town Called Bum, is a workshop that will culminate in a performance. Both workshop and performance have been especially devised for the event.
Looking at visual representations of Identity Politics (ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, etc.) and Biopolitics (bodies, citizenships, scapegoats, health, labour, legislation, migration, etc.) the workshop will focus on the Bum as an open zone; dirty, erotic, ostracised, gendered, classified, indeterminate, exclusive, democratic, knowledgeable, decorative.
Together as a group, and individually, participants will develop sound and text based narratives, movements and images. The performance will present a rhizomic set of interferences in the space, for the duration of ½ hour, based on the workshop.
With an eye on Yves Kline, the workshop and performance will include nakedness and bum and body painting with acrylic paints.
To take part, participants would have agree to perform naked, paint other bodies and have their own bodies painted.
Workshop for 8 people
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