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Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008

Project Room 2 Jan 16–Apr 17, 2010

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Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008, 2010, Installation view
Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008, 2010, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound, 07:12 min., loop, Edition of 7, 16:0 PAL 2 Ch Stereo, Courtesy of Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound, 07:12 min., loop, Edition of 7, 16:0 PAL 2 Ch Stereo, Courtesy of Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound, 07:12 min., loop, Edition of 7, 16:0 PAL 2 Ch Stereo, Courtesy of Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound
Nira Pereg, Sabbath 2008, Still, One channel high definition video with sound, 07:12 min., loop, Edition of 7, 16:0 PAL 2 Ch Stereo, Courtesy of Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

SMMoA presents the United States premier of Sabbath 2008, a video which documents the closing down of the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem on the eve of the Sabbath. In most cases, public access to these neighborhoods is blocked by means of temporary barriers, which remain closed for 24 hours–thus creating an artificial border between the orthodox areas and the rest of the city. The barriers are put in place by neighborhood residents, with the approval and support of the Jerusalem municipality and the police. The city therefore becomes topologically transformed into two cities–one with and one without cars. Although the value of these somewhat rickety barriers may appear symbolic, their presence is sometimes a source of friction and conflict; they delineate a clear cut boundary between the sacred and the everyday. Pereg’s subject matter is often full of political tension, but in Sabbath 2008, she has created a film that is objective in offering a documentary view of an important aspect of religious Jewish life.

Pereg was born in Israel in 1969, and now lives in Israel and Germany. She received her B.F.A from Cooper Union in New York, and graduated from the Bezalel M.F.A studio program in Jerusalem. Her works have been exhibited at such venues as PS 1 New York; HDK Berlin; ZKM Karlsruhe; the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Liverpool Biennial, England (2006); and Loop Video-Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain (2006).

Nira Pereg: Sabbath 2008 has been supported in part by The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership.