Noa Gur’s (born 1980 in Tel Aviv, Israel) work intertwines two series of questions: one thread inquiring into contemporary modes of artistic production and the other questioning inequality based on class and ethnicity. Images of artists suffering at the hands of society and their characterization as objects to be exploited are paradoxically entangled in the rhetoric of the art market—based on nothing but exchange value. A visual artist… Read more
About the artwork
Seamlessly on an endless loop, Burning Bush is a video work by Noa Gur, which depicts an androgynous figure, face obfuscated in black soot, slowly smoking a cigarette. Unbeknownst to the viewer, the artist is cloaked in the anonymity of a literal smoke screen—her face only revealed once the smoke clears—contours exposing themselves long enough to be lost once again in the smoke producing gesture. Alluding to industrial means of production, the work gestures towards the labor of the artist and the problematic status of the female body as a represented object. The face appears to consume itself in the circular process of inhaling and exhaling, producing, indulging, and destroying.