My work explores the theatrical potential of the urban space and investigates the relationship between architecture and narrative, seeking to dissolve spatial distinctions between reality and mythical realms. Looking at different modes of spatial performativity, my recent videos resituate an ancient drama within a modern, urban context. In constructing this contemporary tale, I hope to re-visit space physically, visually, and culturally. With allusions to the history of art and references to film, my drawings present situations, which oscillate between the playful and the violent, expressing a diffused or contained aggression, which is always in a state of emergency. Both the subject matter and the presentation and composition continue my previous investigations of power-relations, gender roles, and the nature of visuality.
http://www.ofricnaani.com Ofri Cnaani graduated from Hunter Collegeʼs MFA studio program in 2004. She is currently completing a largescale commission to create 10 site-specific video installations at 10 museums of contemporary art in Italy's Lombardy region. Cnaani is a Six Points Fellow and was twice the winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation award. One-person exhibitions include: Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums, Italy; Andrea Meislin Gallery; NYC, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv; Pack Gallery, Milan; Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; Herzlyia Museum of Art, Israel. Group exhibitions include: Moscow Biennial, The Kitchen, NYC; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Arnolfini Foundation Museum, Bristol, UK; Tel Aviv Museum; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Prague Triennale among many others.