1989-1992: (distinction), Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University
1998-2000: MA, Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London
Oreet Ashery is a London-based visual artist, working in performance, still and moving image, objects and writing, mainly in the context of post-identity and minority discourses, and continuously explores the participatory nature of events, situations and public platforms. Ashery is interested in the body and everyday life, presently around performances of western liberation; current and historical trajectories of political nakedness under the meshing of changing ideologies. Ashery explores eccentric performances, actions and speeches of fictional and real public figures in the realms of populist and trashy mediascapes, currently in relation to neo-orientalism and imagined nationhood.
Ashery exhibits, performs, intervenes and screens her work extensively in an international context. Public spaces have included the Liverpool Biennial, Venice Biennial, ZKM, Tate Modern, Brooklyn Museum, Pompidou Centre, Freud Museum and the National Review of Live Art. Context-responsive locations have included curators’ bedrooms in various cities, a men only religious celebration, Qualandia checkpoint and a derelict fishermen’s hut. Ashery is represented by the Other Gallery in Shanghai and Beijing.
?Ashery’s work has been discussed in numerous art, academic and cultural publications in many languages. She has published Dancing with Men: Interactive Performances, Interactions and Other Artworks (Live Art Development Agency, 2009), and The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a collaborative graphic novel with Larissa Sansour (Charta, 2009), an expanded project including live events, solo exhibitions and residencies.
Ashery is an honorary research fellow in the drama department at Queen Mary University London, and a lecturer in the art department in Goldsmiths.