Born 1984 in Paris, France. Lives and works in Tel-Aviv.
Represented by MTArt Agency (London) Fireflies Project (Israel) & La Galerie Rouge (Paris)
Jennifer Abessira currently lives and works in Tel-Aviv. She graduated her B.A. studies in General History and French Literature, as well as her M.A. studies in Interdisciplinary Arts, both from Tel Aviv University. She also graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design MFA program. Abessira uses the internet as her main playground, and this is where her work is discovered and recognized.
Abessira chose not to have a studio. Instead, her Instagram account @JenniferAbessira has become the main platform of her creation. She creates a visual diary, which she classifies by a series of hashtags she invents.
Abessira’s career in fine arts began with a surge in popular recognition, as she was selected as a ‘Rise, Photography' in Dazed & Confused magazine, 2010. In the same year, she was selected by Dazed as one of their top ten best photographers. In 2011, Abessira collaborated with Vivienne Westwood on her project, 100 Days of Active Resistance. In 2012 she began exhibiting her work in various projects and galleries worldwide.
In 2017, Abessira’s Hashtags first emerged out of internet territory and into the physical world through the prominent “Don't Think Twice” Project, in which the London Bridge Station was covered with 85 of Abessira’s works. In 2019, Abessira's works permanently covered the windows of the Municipal Engineering Administration Building on the occasion of 100 years of Bauhaus and in collaboration with the Liebling House & Tel Aviv Municipality. In 2021, 107 works by Abessira were displayed in the Saint James Market, in the heart of London. The project was called 'The Intensity of Images'.
In 2020, Abessira's #ElastiqueProject was chosen by the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne to exhibit in the “reGeneration4”. The exhibition was dedicated to emerging international photographers. Out of 257 applicants, only 35 were selected.
In the same year, Abessira’s work was featured in the book “Photography and Its Shadow” by Prof. Hagi Kenaan, published by Stanford University Press. Additionally, Abessira’s main project #ElastiqueProject was the subject of an article written by Dr. Tal Dekel. The article was featured in the book “Under The Skin”, published by Oxford University Press and the British Academy.
2015 MFA Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2011 M.A, Interdisciplinary Art, Faculty of the Arts in the University of Tel Aviv
2009 Bauhaus School at Weimar, Dessau and Berlin in honor of 90 years of the Bauhaus movement
2008 B.A, History and French Literature, Faculty of Humanities in the University of Tel Aviv
2021 SoFun, with Eitan bartal, Artit’s House, Tel Aviv
2021 The Intensity of Images, Public Show - a selection of 107 images at St. James Market, London
2020 reGeneration5, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
2019 Public art exhibition for the 100 years of Bauhaus,Engineering Administration
in collaboration with the Liebling House & Tel Aviv Municipality
2017 Don’t Think Twice - Public Exhibition at the London Bridge Station, London
2016 La Tangente - The Impossible Project, Paris
2015 HOWHY - in collaboration with Telavivian, Romano, Tel Aviv
2015 Alone Together – MFA graduate show
2014 We Live as we dream – Alone, ArtStation, Tel Aviv
2012 Elastique, Curated by Boaz Aharonovitch at Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv
2020 - 21 Correspondances | La Galerie Rouge | Paris
2020 Primun Non Nocere| Minshar Tel Aviv
2019 Photopoetics festival in Musrara (Jerusalem)
2019 #London Is Open | London City Hall | Curated by MTArt for Dazed & Confused
2018 Always Duty Free | Artists Residence | Herzliya
2018 Tel Aviv Museum of Art + Teder | Tel Aviv
2018 The Soap Cried a Lot | Al Hatsouk | Netanya
2018 Au Soleil | Galerie Agathe Gaillard | Paris
2016 Fragments Of | during the Frieze art fair at Castel Gibson | London
2015 Yesterday We Wanted To Be The Sky | Kamarade | Stockholm
2015 Nothing Perishes | Soho Revue | London
2014 The Disappearing of Light | The Artists House | Tel Aviv
2013 Goods | Curator : Joshua Simon | Moby Museum | Bat Yam
2013 Patchbox Project 2nd edition | Rome
2013 La Culture #8 | Gordon 2 | Tel Aviv
2013 Time Is Love #6 | International Video Art Program curated by Kisito Assangni | Teheran - New York - Amsterdam
2012 Random | Baad Reservoir | Bezalel Academy od Art & design | Tel-Aviv
2012 Black Box Project | An outdoor exhibition on publicity signs | Jerusalem
2012 Fresh Print | Feinberg Projects | Tel-Aviv
2012 Free Admission, Shay Arye Gallery | Tel-Aviv
2012 1+1 | Ba’alie Hamelaha Gallery | Tel-Aviv
2012 Essen Magazine food exhibition at Triennale Milan
2012 What’s Next?, curated by Girlcore at KK Outlet | London
2012 BAAD Influence | Baad Reservoir (Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design) | Tel-Aviv
2012 The Irreconcilable, curated by Guy Yanai, Spaceship at Hayarkon 70, Tel Aviv | With Jonas Wood, Avner Ben Gal, Tal R, Matt Phillips, and Guy Yanai
2012 E.A.T, a.m.a.t.a (Italien Friends of the Tel Aviv Meuseum of Art) Palazzo Lombradia, Milano
2011 Possibility of a Book, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2013 Mifal Hapais grant for an exhibition in Israel or abroad
2018 Factory | Bat Yam
2016 La Cite Internationale des Arts | Paris
2012 Peila Residency, non-profit organization, appropriated by Sari Golan Sarig and Gaby Ron | Jaffa
BOOKS / CATALOGS
Under The Skin | Dr. Tal Dekel | Oxford University Press | July 2020
Photography and It’s Shadow | Prof. Hagi Kenaan | Stanford University Press | March 2020
2020 Regeneration 4 | Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne
2015 Granta #3 (Israeli version) Magazine for new writing by Cambridge University
2014 Night Shots Zine published by MOOON
2012 Elastique Zine published by Pogo Books
2011 University (collaboration with Guy Yanai) published by Possibility of a Book
2011 100 Days of Active Resistance, published by Damiani & Vivienne Westwood
2011 A5 magazine, Jerusalem special edition
ART FAIRS, AUCTIONS & OTHERS
Soho House Tel Aviv, 2021
12 works from #ElastiqueProject were acquired by the Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, 2020
Avenir Magazine & Sotheby’s , London 2015
Fresh Paint, Israel 2013
WORK RELATED ACTIVITIES
2020 Host lecturer at Eital Bartal & Sigal Bar-Nir seminar for master degree, Holon Institute of Technology Israel 2020 Workshop about my art, Minshar Tel Aviv
2019 - Interview for France Culture radio station in occasion of the 100 years of Bauhaus.
2009 - 2015 : Chief Coordinator and Writer of MAARVON journal, from the Maayan group.
Maarvon is Israel’s leading film journal.
2007 - 2014 : Co Producer of the French Film Festival in Israel. In conjunction with Eden Cinema and the French Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv.