The painted image is at the core of Aline Alagem’s large scale, figurative installations in which the painted image meets the painted object and the moving image. While the image is “hyper-defined”, both technically and conceptually, it is fragmented, duplicated, and manipulated; challenged for its validity, appeal and cultural charge.
In this sensually dense arena, borders transform and fade, media merge and dichotomies between high and low, wrong and right, real and imagined are blurred. They continually unfold a world of visual, scripted fantasies in which erotica, dream, fetish and anonymity suggest a deeper flux: gender and identity are a core issue in Alagem’s work.
Alagem (born Israel 1981) completed her BFA at the Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem (2005), during which was awarded an exchange student grant at the SVA NY. She is a recipient of the Pais Fine Arts Grant and a grant from the Yehoshua Rabinovich Art Fund. She has participated in the Cite residency program, Paris (2011).
After completing her studio residency program at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2016), she has exhibited two solo shows, Skin, Tone, and Director’s Cut in Berlin along with several group shows. Recently, Alagem exhibited a multi-media, one-woman show titled Night and Dawn (Layla and Shahar) at the Artists Studios’ Gallery, Tel Aviv (2017), and launched her artist book under the same name. Alagem is currently dividing her time between her studio in Tel Aviv and another in Berlin.
Alagem’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Israel, Europe and the U.S. Her work is represented in leading public and private collections worldwide.