Saturday, September 03, 2011

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden / Black Box: Nira Pereg

Black Box: Nira Pereg
August 22 -- November

Nira Pereg (Israeli, b. Tel Aviv, 1969) creates documentary-based video works that transform quotidian actualities into dramatic scenarios. This Black Box presentation features 67 Bows, 2006, a work inspired by visits to the Karlsruhe Zoo, where Pereg studied a flock of flamingos. Employing various camera angles, the artist offers sumptuous close-ups of these exotic animals calmly going about their instinctual business. Over the muffled noise of the birds' squawks and clucks she adds a provocative, sporadically timed soundtrack, implying disturbing human intrusion into their peaceful realm and evoking a sense of suspense and heightened apprehension that asks viewers to question the relationship between what they see and what they hear.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden7th Street & Independence Avenue, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, 7th and Maryland Avenue exit

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