Nest - 2004 - Yael Assaf

This work deals with the contradiction between essential values as – in/out, private/public, safe/dangerous, life/death.

‘Nest’ is the quest for a place which provides life, tenderness and protection in a reality that leaves no room for tenderness.

The people are placed inside this construction in a static position. Are they dead or alive? The womb-like environment, reminiscent of the beginning of human life, makes this question all the more troubling. The space becomes a pit, a hole, in which intimacy becomes loneliness. The safe haven becomes a prison.

The work relates to the intimacy that is the result of the lack of space in a violent, penetrating environment.