Nira Pereg – The script remains the same
September 15 @ 18:00 - October 28 @ 18:00
September 15 – October 28, 2022
Opening: 15 September, Thursday 18:00
Curated by Vasıf Kortun
Based on her documentary practice, Nira Pereg disrupts conventional perceptions of space and time to challenge the reign of dominant, yet often veiled, ideologies. Pereg participated in the Shared Sacred Sites exhibition at Depo in 2019. Rescheduled several times due to the Corona crisis and following security warnings, her solo show at Depo emerged as a product of her research into the subject of restrictive territorial mechanisms.
The exhibition The script remains the same revolves around an algorithm tailored to the precise parameters of Depo’s ground floor gallery. Her research suggests that generic police barricades are the new ornaments of our cities. Whether used to corral participants in political demonstrations, marathons, parades or structured to enforce social distancing, barricades function as a physical language, a syntax for the movement of society, or more precisely, for the restriction of movement.
Virtual reality is examined by Pereg as a political medium, commonly an escapist device with a strong and tempting potential of offering a sterile, “cleaner” picture of reality. The script remains the same transforms the viewer and the gallery itself into passive participants, corralled inside a dark Beckettian set. When there are neither possibilities outside nor alternatives inside, all that’s left is to reflect whether in that set, one feels locked in, or perhaps protected.
Image: Nira Pereg, Still from the VR work The script remains the same, 2022