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© Courtesy of the artist & Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Black Box

Independence Ave. @ Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20013-7012
August 22nd, 2011 - December 4th, 2011
Opening: August 22nd, 2011 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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United States
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Daily 10-5:30 (except Dec 25); Plaza open 7:30-5:30
TAGS:  
video-art

DESCRIPTION

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 among viewers who must question the relationship between what they see and what they hear.