Speculating various spatial perspectives and political modes of vision, Perlov literally plays out these dynamics through a speculative game of Snakes and Ladders, which stretch across the gallery as a total installation. Sculptural ladders constructed out of patchworked textile screens hang along the walls, embellished with insect origami made from architectural floor plans; essentially foldable pre-fab paper houses. One long snake dissects the room diagonally, forcing the viewer to navigate this designated “gamified” territory. By using the metaphor of this ubiquitous flat board game where the only goal is to climb upwards, the artist allegorizes real hierarchies and power dynamics within a given space that politicians, builders, workers, and residents alike must navigate and inhabit. Juxtaposed alongside each other in grids and patterns, the textiles resemble aerial imagery of land, while their distinctly gauche quality draws the viewer back to the banal aesthetic realm of aspiration in which these profound and complex political conflicts play out.
Her recent exhibitions include: Belvedere 21, Vienna; Coop Pavilion, Bangkok Biennale; Studio Bank Art Center, Tel Aviv; Parallel Gallery, Toronto; NKV Extra, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich; Jüdische Gemeinde, Frankfurt am Main. Perlov was awarded the first prize at L’Esprit, the 2020 graduate show of the Städelschule at Portikus, Frankfurt, and she is the recipient of the 2021 Sammlung Pohl Marburg stipend.
By bridging the perspective of the insect with that of the urban planner, Floor Plan Bling Bling proposes a speculative point of view to politics and asks the viewer to – literally – navigate themselves in a field of contested objects, discourses, and structures. In the process, Perlov articulates a way of approaching contemporary debates about occupation and state-building with complexity and profound ambivalence.
Nadia Perlov (b. 1990, Tel Aviv), based in Frankfurt am Main, is invested in cultural history and languages. Her practice focuses on the flow of migratory cultures, exploring their narratives and complex identities in relationship to politics, architecture, and territory.
Text by Jeppe Ugelvig
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