RUTH BERAHA

Ruth Beraha. (b. 1986 in Milan, lives and works in Bologna and Milan), studied oil painting technique in Vittorio Emanuele’s atelier throughout the course of her studies in Art History at the Università degli Studi di Milano, where she graduated in 2010. She then attended the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and, in 2014, she majored at the Naba Academy, Milan. Her most recent shows include: "Non sarai mai solo", solo show curated by Paola Tognon, Museo della Città, Livorno; "Arte in memoria 10", Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ostia Antica archeological site (RM); "That’s it", curated by Lorenzo Balbi, MAMbo, Bologna; "Take Me (I’m Yours)", curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Roberta Tenconi within the Generosity program, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. 

Selected works

Ruth Beraha research investigates the relationship between what we consider close and familiar and what we define wrong and other than us. Starting from absolute categories, stigmatized by shared thought, the artist adopts iconic references from Western shared imaginary – such as B-movies, sports idols, historical facts and anecdotes from her Jewish background, and, through a shift in dimensions and materials or through a combination of objects from different realms, she focuses on violence and the dynamics of power as the mover of men, and on the disruption of the certainties we base our experience of the world on, conveyed by straight forward, yet evocative, images. The result of this practice is a body of work that Beraha considers as fragmented self-portraits, defined by the loud absence of her body and completed by the body and experience of the audience, that is forced to relate to elements that can commonly be labeled as evil, stranger, or unknown. Through immersive audios, sculptures, installations, drawings and photographs, her work summons the viewer and makes her/him consider the Adversary no longer as a distant and incomprehensible entity, but as a constitutive part of our identity.

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