Closer , 2014
Wood, metal, microphones stands, tuners and guitar strings
Work: 274.3 x 138.4 x 138.4 cm
Naama Tsabar originally created Closer in 2014 for a performance series, Blood Makes Noise, presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The performance sought to explore ideas of power, collaboration, and interpersonal exchange through the motif of doubling. Closer consists of a freestanding corner wall that has an inverted instrument inside it and a singing chamber, while microphones penetrate from the other side picking up the sound and sending it to amplification. The work reflects on the wall as a limiting, containing presence, poetically pierced by a woman’s body making music. Tsabar uses her background in music to visualise a view of a world where power and hierarchical notions, particularly in relation to gender, are challenged and destabilised.