My films, videos and installations explore the performative quality of everyday life by tracing its cultural and historical origins. As social media invites our fictitious personas to come forth, true intimacy increasingly gives way to a dynamic of performers and audiences. When everyone is both a viewer and a “star”, the line between exhibitionism, voyeurism and spectatorship evaporates. Similarly, the characters in my projects exist in the liminal space between performers and viewers.
Working at the perplexing intersection of the narrative and the conceptual, I use narrative elements to lure viewers emotionally into a space that engages both critical thinking and the affective dimension. Ordinary behaviors are exaggerated to highlight the theatricality of the everyday, and presented in a dialogue with our collective legends from the history of literature, theater, and cinema.
Ann is a visual artist and filmmaker. She was born in Tel-Aviv, received a BFA in Film and an MFA in Fine Arts, both from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her works were screened at Anthology Film Archives, Apexart, Dok Leipzig, New Horizons Film Festival, Locarno Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Hammer Museum, Moscow Biennale for young art, The Tel-Aviv Museum, The Tel-Aviv Cinematheque, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, WRO Media Art Biennale, PS122 and B3 Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt.
Oren is an award recipient from The New York State Council on The Arts, The National Board of Reviews, New York, The Jerome Foundation, The School of Visual Arts, The Rabinovich Foundation, Ostrovsky Family Fund, Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts, a New Artist Award from Seoul International New Media Festival and a best Artwork award from B3 Moving Image Biennale, Frankfurt.