Nelly Agassi

Red Flame, 2004

1 min. 58 sec.

In her work Red Flame from 2004, Nelly Agassi is standing in front of the camera, smudging the red lipstick from her lips all over her face. The lipstick – a symbol of capitalist femininity – turns against itself and the gesture with the smudging hands becomes a sign of the subliminal violence that women experience.

Nelly Agassi (b.1973, Israel, lives and works in Chicago) is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with performance, installation, video, textile, sound and works on paper. She received her MFA from Chelsea College and her BFA from Central St. Martins, both in London. Her work has been shown internationally at institutions and galleries such as The Arts Club of Chicago, Aspect Ratio, Hyde Park Art Center, The Israel Museum, Poor Farm, Tate Modern, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, La Triennale di Milano, Zacheta Warsaw, Foksal Gallery Warsaw and upcoming show at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Agassi is a co-founder of the nonprofit organization Fieldwork Collaborative Projects and a 2019 Graham Foundation Fellow, Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw. She is represented by Dvir Gallery and Pola Magnetyczne, Warsaw.