Naama Tsabar/Matrix 189
Spanning the fields of sculpture, photography, performance, and sound, Naama Tsabar creates objects that function both as artworks and musical instruments. The artist and musicians activate these visual and sonic objects in the gallery space as formal performances while challenging the conventions of museum display. Museum visitors may explore and play the objects themselves. Tsabar draws on a range of cultural references, including post-Minimalist art (such as Robert Morris’s monumental Anti-Form felt sculpture in the Wadsworth collection) and the flamboyant and violent actions of male rock bands like The Who and Nirvana who smashed their instruments. Tsabar’s performances specifically feature a majority of female-identifying singers and musicians in a field traditionally gendered male. Thus, Tsabar confronts women’s rights and equality issues that have long lingered but have resurfaced in recent history. The work is current, feminist, and political.