Film still from Oreet Ashery's 2014 work Revisiting Genesis

Oreet Ashery Revisiting Genesis (2014) (detail). Courtesy the Artist

Oreet Ashery

Stanley Picker Fellow Fine Art


Revisiting Genesis is a web series being developed by Oreet Ashery  for her current Stanley Picker Fellowship, exploring some of the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death, particularly in relation to digital legacies and the importance of friendships. Revisiting Genesis is supported by The Wellcome Trust, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema and waterside contemporary.

Oreet Ashery is a UK based interdisciplinary visual artist born in Israel, whose personally and politically charged exhibitions, performances, videos and writings are highly regarded internationally. Often presenting her work in the guise of fictional characters, her most consistent being ‘Marcus Fisher’ an orthodox Jewish man, Ashery works on public, community, educational and participatory projects that are both politically and socially engaged, and is particularly interested in gender, race and religion, ethnicity and identity.

Ashery says of her ongoing practice:

“My practice incorporates the performative and fictive, the potential group, the body in deterritorialised public contexts, objects and assemblages. I am currently interested in the ways in which somatic experiences in life and in art produce unexpected politically charged moments and the subjectivities that emerge in self-knowledge forming and knowledge-formations, as part of the making process of working with groups or individually.”

Recent works include The World is Flooding at Tate Modern (July 2014), working with a group of participants to write, produce and direct a performance and the solo exhibition  Animal with a Language  at Waterside Contemporary, London (Sep 2014) as well as many other group exhibitions in Vienna, New York and London.