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Oreet Ashery (born 1966 in Jerusalem, Israel) is an interdisciplinary artist based in London.


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Ashery received her BA (distinction) in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 1992, followed by her MA from Central Saint Martins in 2000. Her work explores ideological, social and gender constructions through an interdisciplinary practice, spanning installation, video, live art and 2-D image making.

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Ashery's earlier work was often produced as a male character of her own creation, exploring gender relationships and those between woman and cultural identity. Ashery's most consistent character is Marcus Fisher, an orthodox Jewish man found in works such as Dancing with Men and Marcus Fisher | Say Cheese, but she has produced as other male characters, including an Arab man, a Norwegian postman and a black man.

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Ashery's more recent work has been based on Mayakovsky's 1921 play Mystery-Bouffe. This work confronts social and class biases alongside issues of political power and agency. Her performance at the Tate Modern The World is Flooding in 2014 was followed by an exhibition Animal with a Language at Waterside Contemporary, both of which saw Ashery work with participants from Freedom from Torture, UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, Portugal Prints, and others, to explore these themes.

Ashery has exhibited and performed at various international venues, such as ZKM, Karlsruhe; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Overgaden, Copenhagen; DEPO, Istanbul; Whitstable Biennale; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Auto Italia South East, London; and Freud Museum, London, producing works that explore her personal politics and identity in relation to wider social and cultural contexts.


  • 2014 Fine Art Fellowship, Stanley Picker Fellowship
  • 2013–2015 Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, Painting Department
  • 2011–2014 Honorary Research Fellow, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2007–2010 Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Research Fellow, Drama Department, Queen Mary University of London
  • Solo Exhibitions

  • Animal with a Language. Waterside Contemporary, London, UK
  • 2013
  • Party for Freedom. Hippolythe, Helsinki, Finland
  • Party for Freedom. Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2012
  • Monkey Bum Prints Factory. Pristine Gallery, Mexico
  • Oreet Ashery, with Nicole Ahland. C. Wichtendahl. Galerie, 5th European Month of Photography, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011
  • Falafel Road, with Larissa Sansour. DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2010
  • The Beautiful Jew. Other Gallery, Shanghai, China
  • Raging Balls. Other Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2009
  • Back in 5 Minutes and Scratch Performance: Golani Varanasi. The Arches, Glasgow, UK
  • 2008
  • Dancing with Men. Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK
  • 2007
  • What You See, Letchworth Art Centre Gallery, Letchworth, UK
  • 2003
  • Performance 2003. Foxy Production Gallery, New York, US
  • Say Cheese. Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, UK
  • 2002
  • Oreet Ashery. Foxy Production Gallery, New York, US
  • 7 Acts of Love. Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 7 Acts of Love. Stil und Bruch, Berlin, Germany
  • 1998
  • Magnum Opus III, with Daniel Rubinstein. Jerusalem Artists’ House Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1996
  • Magnum Opus II, with Daniel Rubinstein. 68elf Gallery, Cologne, Germany
  • References

    Oreet Ashery Wikipedia