Born in Paris, France and currently based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Jennifer Abessira specializes in using images that reflect cultures and communities, which she then assembles to create a meaningful and colorful narrative. Abessira is known for using her phone or a simple digital camera to make bold, bright images where “high-brow” cultural artifacts and random objects coexist in a single frame. In her ongoing Elastique project, Abessira produces images from her daily life without a studio, a fact that dictates her spontaneous approach towards the medium of image making. Each diptych in the series creates an association between two different images in an attempt to classify and arrange the artist’s life, which is dominated by an unstoppable flow of images.
For a selection of works from her London Bridge series, Abessira revives archival black-and-white photographs of important local landmarks by concealing certain parts of the images with vibrant paint. While Abessira’s strokes may look quick and impulsive, their resemblance to letters or glyphs could make one think that she was trying to reveal a secret language hidden in the contours and angles of the city’s architecture. Abessira’s overall practice is heavily inspired by her passion for cinema - particularly the work of French director Eric Rohmer - and the medium’s ability to depict the “holiness of daily living”.
A physical exhibition will also take place from September 15th to November 26th, 2017, running parallel to a public installation of Abessira's vibrant c-prints in partnership with Network Rail, Team London Bridge and MTArt. The artist’s work will be presented on the 72 bollards of St. Thomas Street, outside the redeveloped London Bridge Station.
About the curator
London-based, Alix Janta-Polczynski is engaged in various projects. In 2009, she co-founded Art Barter (www.artbarter.co.uk), a platform to promote the use of barter between artists and the public through exhibitions. Successive events were held in London, Berlin, New York, Madrid, Istanbul, Mexico City and Dubai. Their goal to support young talent materialised in 2012 through the creation of Alteria Art (www.alteriaart.com), a collaborative vehicle closely working with both emerging and established artists through an eclectic program of exhibitions, talks and commissioned works. She also co-runs Adad Books (www.adadbooks.com), a publishing company specialising in photography works.