Jennifer Abessira (born in Mennecy, France; lives and works in Tel Aviv), wishes to make “universal peace between images” as she wittily puts it.
In her ongoing project “Elastique”, Abessira creates combinations of images and mixes her own photographs with found ones.
She manages to bring together the excessive mass of images we are all subjected to in our ‘digital’ age and to reduce them to their essence (by, ironically, an action of duplication).
Inspired by cinematography- which she consumes frantically from her teenage-hood- the pieces Abessira makes are surprising, beautiful, hypnotizing and destabilizing at once.
Elastique is like a living archive of images that are timeless, spaceless and just speak for themselves:
Abessira has also participated in interesting collaborations such as:
– Capsule collection for EHZ (ex Rhus Ovata):
– “Foam of the Days”, collaboration with Nico Krijno:
Last example but not least is the collaboration with South African photographer Nico Krijno. It is an exchange between both artists on Facebook. Every few days one of them posts a picture and the other repsponds- an ongoing artistic dialogue. I was particularly drawn to this project as I always look for artistic creations related to social media. Since reading the post “Twitter as Art“, I was trying to find artists based in Israel who are drawn to these social media tools in their creations- it was fantastic to see that Abessira explores this platform as an artistic medium.
In fact Jennifer Abessira is the opposite of internet shy, and puts herself and her art out there.