Clarksville, TN – The new media artist Yael Kanarek spent much of her childhood in Israel, where she witnessed first hand the challenges and conflicts that arise from a multicultural and multilingual society. In that ancient land, ambiguous and contradictory narratives violently divided and sometimes bond people together.
Her experiences in Israel went on to inform her works of art, which, according to her website, “nurse the philosophical boundaries of the political and spiritual; artistic and scientific, private and universal; horizontal and vertical.” She has exhibited her work internationally, including at the prestigious 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York City.
At 7:00pm on November 22nd, Kanarek will visit Austin Peay State University to talk about new media art as part of the Center of Excellence for Creative Arts’ Lecture Series. The talk, in room 401 of the Trahern Building, is free and open to the public.
Kanarek has received widespread acclaim for her pieces that incorporate her childhood memories of Israel with her observations of the Internet as “a network made of language – natural and computer.” Her most recent projects – the Internet art work “Object of Desire” and the series “Textwork” – continue those observations while engaging multiple languages to highlight connection and rejection.