Artworks
Video, Installation
video 1.5 mins; seats: 20x14x23'', 17x16x14''; used bed linen and blankets
2019
embroidery
18X325 cm
2010
Contemporary Performance Improvisation
1 hour
2019
Video
7.31 mins
2012
Assemblage with found objects.
Variable
2008
Paper Cut Out
153 laser-cut paper figures (based on hand cut prototypes), average height of each 15 cm, pins
2008
paper cut-out
~15X12cm
2011
Jacquard weaving
2004
Artist Books
2015

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  • Katya Oicherman updated the Artwork Respons-a!
    Truth is produced in conversations. That is, truth is in flux: it depends on who is speaking to whom. Kitchen conversations, bar intimations, classroom debates, panel discussions, artist talks - those are just modes of the production of truth. The significance of any particular subject is not a given: we talk to each other to find out what is important to us. In Judaism, a conversation is a form of study and legislation. The Jewish law is historically accompanied by “sheelot ve tshuvot”, que…
  • My grandmother is present in the embroidery in her name, while my mother - in her work. To enhance their presence, I have made a film, in which the cloth is rolled between their hands to the sound of mother’s voice. When I was little, she used to lull me with a song called “Миленький ты мой” - “My Darling One”. Oh my darling one, take me with you. There, in the faraway land, call me “wife”. Oh my darling one, I would have taken you with me. But there, in the faraway l…
  • Katya Oicherman updated the Artwork Vasya, I...
    Selected pages from an unfinished meditation on my family folklore alluding to the lives of my grandparents and my father in the USSR, while visually referencing the fonts and images of Jewish folk artifacts and common bed linen printed patterns - stripes and roses.
  • An early exploration of the life and work of Yuhannah Dawud, a London based Jewish-Iranian collector of Persian manuscripts, who has destroyed his collection by means of knife and scissors. The woven pages are based on the re-assembled elements of manuscript pages that Dawud has taken apart, their colors alluding to the pages materials and shining appearance.
  • My grandmother is present in the embroidery in her name, while my mother - in her work. To enhance their presence, I have made a film, in which the cloth is rolled between their hands to the sound of mother’s voice. When I was little, she used to lull me with a song called “Миленький ты мой” - “My Darling One”. Oh my darling one, take me with you. There, in the faraway land, call me “wife”. Oh my darling one, I would have taken you with me. But there, in the faraway l…
  • What if? A long and narrow linen band. It bears embroidered images and a Hebrew inscription. One of several thousands of similar objects dispersed among the Jewish museums in the world, this cloth caught my attention in 2005. This kind of ritual textile is usually referred to as “Torah binder” or wimpel. According to German custom, wimpels were made of a swaddling cloth used during the circumcision and embroidered with the name and date of birth of a circumcised boy. For that reason they wer…
  • Katya Oicherman updated the Artwork I wish I could
    Browsing my family photo archive I came across a small photo of my grandmother and her twin brother, taken sometimes in 1922, probably in St Petersburg, USSR. Two babies, sitting on a striped cloth, staring at the camera. I’ve never known my grandmother's twin. Even though I've known her for the most of my life, there is a part of her, most of her life in fact, which remains unknowable. More so now, when she is gone. Her face, hands and body, histories and events which to me came only from …
  • Katya Oicherman updated the Artwork I wish I could
    Browsing my family photo archive I came across a small photo of my grandmother and her twin brother, taken sometimes in 1922, probably in St Petersburg, USSR. Two babies, sitting on a striped cloth, staring at the camera. I’ve never known my grandmother's twin. Even though I've known her for the most of my life, there is a part of her, most of her life in fact, which remains unknowable. More so now, when she is gone. Her face, hands and body, histories and events which to me came only from …
  • Katya Oicherman updated the Artwork I wish I could
    Browsing my family photo archive I came across a small photo of my grandmother and her twin brother, taken sometimes in 1922, probably in St Petersburg, USSR. Two babies, sitting on a striped cloth, staring at the camera. I’ve never known my grandmother's twin. Even though I've known her for the most of my life, there is a part of her, most of her life in fact, which remains unknowable. More so now, when she is gone. Her face, hands and body, histories and events which to me came only from …