The video features Ashery dressed-up both as an Arab man and an orthodox Jewish man. The two characters are bound in an endless repetition of acts and the power of inertia. As the rhythm of the acts accelerates, the characters merge into one, joined in their fixation on a drawing of Jerusalem.
Additional project information: Oh Jerusalem is included on the Live Art Development Agency’s on-demand DVD of Ashery’s work
Essay: Roberta Mock, ‘Oreet Ashery’s Site-Specific Corporeal Turns’, in Dancing with Men, Live Art Development Agency, 2009
Essay: Chirstinn Whyte, ‘What If… Festival 2010 Catalogue Essay’, Independent Dance and Artsadmin, 2010
Interview: Julia Weiner, ‘The ﬁshy case of Whitstable’s cross-dressing false messiah’, The JC, June 2008
Review: Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past and the Institute of Historical Research, ‘Bound exhibition, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool’, 1807 Commemorated: the abolition of the slave trade, 2007
Review: Barry Schwabsky, ‘Oreet Ashery DVD’, MAP, Spring 2008
Additional project information: Beyond Necessity at ]performance s p a c e[