(Image: Oren Pinhassi, Untitled, 2014, Variable size, plaster, burlap, plastic sheets, bricks, plastic emergency water storage bag, water; © Oren Pinhassi)
Oren Pinhassi (b. Israel)
In the Middle East, there is a deeply engrained way of thinking about faith, politics, and history as being embedded in the land, in objects, and in structures. It is a place where people talk about the ground itself as something holy. Because things are thought of as carrying in them historical, religious and political significance, the condition in the Middle East is, more clearly than probably anywhere else in the world, one in which power or ownership over a piece of land is impossible to disentangle from power over histories and ideologies—to build upon or destroy them, to excavate.
This relationship in which people imbue objects and structures with historical significance—and these, in turn, bear our histories back to us—is one way of looking at the dynamic relationship that exists between the human and the non-human. My work, as a study of architectures, acts as a port of access to this complex network between humans and things. My ideologies of design are generated by my preoccupation with this back-and-forth: the ways in which things are constantly shaping each other.
Education: Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2014. M.F.A, Yale University School of Art, Sculpture Department, 2012-2014. B.Ed.F.A (Excellence Programe), Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl College, 2008-2011. Tel-Aviv University, 2005-2006.
Oren Pinhassi has been chosen as a Juried Winner in Round #3 of the ArtSlant Showcase series.
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