As Is 2013, 2020
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 25
© Anisa Ashkar, 2020.
Anisa Ashkar was born in Acre and currently lives and works in Acre and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Ashkar is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in issues relating to identity, social critique, and gender. Through painting, photography, performance and installation, she creates a fantastic, dream-like world, directly connected to changes in the socio-political atmosphere, that serve as an opportunity to initiate discussions in our society and culture.
For more than 20 years Ashkar has been writing daily a sentence on her face in Arab calligraphy, visible to all, but not understood. It is transformed into painting, as Ashkar explains “the face is the canvas”. The calligraphy - the artwork is displayed for all to see and engage in conversation with her and learn about diversity, her biography and Arab - Palestinian identity.
In her assembled boxed artworks Ashkar uses Readymade objects relating to her biography and treats them in conjunction with her photographs and paintings. Through these mini-installations Ashkar explores various political issues using the symbolic meanings of different readymades, as a way to explore and react to Art history, biographical memories, socio-political agenda and current affairs. Ashkar has shown numerous solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the US. Recent solo exhibitions include Black Gold at The Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures, Beer Sheva and Golden Surface at the Walled-Off Hotel Gallery, Bethlehem.