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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer. In WarCraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc. Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loops, becoming a reflection of the drawn-out wars around the world.
Yitzhak studied Photography and Communications at Hadassah College in Jerusalem, Musrara School of Photography and New Media in Jerusalem. She received her MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel. She has had solo shows at Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City; the Screening Room, Miami; Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv; and Circle, Berlin.
These exhibitions are supported in part through generous contributions by Acoustical Sheet Metal, Capital Group Companies, and PRA Group, as well as grants made possible by the Business Consortium for Arts Support, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.
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