• Yael Davids


    The Israeli artist Yael Davids stages provocative performances in which the participants’ bodies become extensions of ordinary objects that have been altered or manipulated. For her recent show Davids staged three claustrophobic actions involving a table and chairs, an aquarium, and a mattress. In Table (all works 1997), the prop was covered by a cloth made from a number of stitched-together white shirts. Where plates might normally appear, one found instead four large, oval holes cut into the tabletop, lining up with the collars of some of the shirts. In the brief ritual Davids staged, the

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