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Nira Pereg, Ishmael

A project by Braverman Gallery at On Stellar Rays, NYC

May 5 – June 8, 2016
Opening Thursday May 5, 6-8pm
Sunday May 8, 4pm
NIRA PEREG in conversation with DANIEL S. PALMER, Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York

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Acclaimed Israeli artist Nira Pereg’s new video installation, ISHMAEL, is on view in the United States for the first time at Braverman Gallery’s temporary New York City space. This is Braverman Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in New York, hosted in collaboration with Lower East Side gallery On Stellar Rays.

Following its premiere at Art Basel Features, ISHMAEL continues Pereg’s ongoing investigation of everyday rituals at the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as Ibrahimi Mosque. Located in the heart of the West Bank, the Cave of the Patriarchs serves as a sacred place for both Jews and Muslims. Since the 1994 mass murder of Palestinians perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler, the cave has been physically divided between Muslims and Jews — 80% percent is a mosque and 20% functions as a synagogue.

Under close military supervision, Pereg spent one whole day following the adhan – the five Muezzin calls to prayer from 4:00am to 9:00pm – documenting the exceptional circumstances in which the ritual is conducted. She unites the gallery space and the holy site through a complex spatial arrangement, and highlights the various ways in which systems pertaining to religious belief, social norms and politics intertwine.

Pereg — whose works have been exhibited at museums and galleries around the world — is known for challenging the status quo of any space she immerses herself in and capturing what she refers to as “spiritual bureaucracy.” In parallel to the exhibition at the gallery, Pereg’s solo show The Right to Clean is currently on view at the Israel Museum’s Ticho House in Jerusalem and at the Rose Museum in Boston.


On Stellar Rays
1 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

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