Oreet Ashery is a London based, interdisciplinary visual artist. Ashery’s practice engages with socio-political paradigms and tends to include participatory and delegated elements. Her practice involves distinct multiplatform projects, spanning live situations and performances, moving image, photography, workshops, writing and assemblages.
Interested in notions of subjectivity and authenticity, Ashery frequently produces work as a male character. These have included; an orthodox Jewish man, an Arab man, a black man, a Norwegian postman, a large farmer and most recently a false messiah.
Ashery’s work has been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Stanley Picker Gallery 2016, Tyneside Cinema 2016, Thessaloniki Biennale, 2017, The World is Flooding, A Tate Modern Turbine Hall performance project 2014, and Party for Freedom, an Artangel commission 2013.
Ashery has had three artist books published in 2009: The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a joint graphic novel and an expanded project with the artist Larissa Sansour (Charta); Dancing with Men – interactive performances, interactions and other artworks (Live Art Development Agency), and Staying: Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories (Artangel), a participatory project with women seeking asylum in the UK due to their sexual orientation.
Ashery is a Visiting Professor is Associate Professor of Art at Ruskin School of Art and Senior Lecturer at the Art Department of Goldsmiths University. She was a Practitioner in Residence on MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, 2016-17.
In 2018 two episodes of Oreet Ashery’s Revisiting Genesis (2016) were screened at Iniva’s ‘Research Network: The Difference That Difference Makes’, as part of the ‘Duties of Self-Care’ public programme in the context of a presentation of research by Dr Maria Walsh. In 2010, new graphic work by Ashery was shown in Iniva’s ‘Progress Reports: art in an era of diversity’ exhibition in collaboration with Larissa Sansour.