Natalia Ossef (Syria,1983) makes work that explores the thin line between historical and contemporary events, and between the individual and the collective. Her intimate quest to trace this line and to flesh out its significance is expressed through sculptures, installations, performance registrations and photographs. Her works may for instance bear out both the vulnerability and the resilience of an individual embedded in a landscape. Ossef excavates the terrain and sifts through the soil, both literally and metaphorically. What is the significance of existence here, so far away from her birth ground Syria and so far away from the ancient cultures that preceded her people there? Like an archaeologist, she carefully uncovers the successive layers of the past, showing how primordial images continue to resonate in the present.


  • Reflecting reflections [zaalboekje], Natalia Ossef, Laurie Cluitmans, Hanne Hagenaars, Centraal Museum (Utrecht, 2021), vouwblad

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