Gili Avissar is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with textiles to create large-scale installations and videos. His practice involves a dynamic interplay between object-making and performance, with a deep interest in investigating the interaction between materials and movement, creating anarchy of color. Avissar turns every work inside out and rearranges it into intense and colorful compositions, using sculpture, installation, and video performance to uncover the “flesh” and create immense and transformative environments that engage the viewer in new and unexpected ways.
Avissar’s approach to creation in the studio resembles that of a mass manufacturer. He collects and recycles remnants of fabric, paper, wood, cardboard, old works of his, and plastic materials available everywhere, stitches and assembles them into shapes that will become objects. He works in an existential state of nomadism, utilizing the exhibition space’s characteristics as a starting point for his creative process.
We can see the influence of nomadic tribes, ceremonial masks, carpets, and some elements from traveling theaters of the past. Faces and eyes peering through the fabric reference the protection against “evil eyes” in eastern cultures. The tribal scene and the need to change identities, cover, hide, and move is “sacred and safe place” for Avissar.