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Join Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator and Brandeis Professor of  Fine Arts and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, for a conversation with Ukrainian-Israeli artist Zoya Cherkassy-Nnadi. 

Cherkassky-Nnadi’s work has been exhibited in premier Israeli art museums and galleries for over a decade and throughout Europe and North America. Her art combines languages from ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultures, pop, and computer aesthetics. As an immigrant from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Cherkassky-Nnadi explores issues of identity and alienation and the conflicts that arise between the cultures.


Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi is a prominent Israeli artist. She was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1976 and moved to Israel in 1991. She is most famous for her 2018 exhibition Pravda and Soviet Childhood, which captured Cherkassky’s and her family’s experiences and the collective memory of her generation. Her work exhibits a social satire that is both humorous and moving, nostalgic and anti-nostalgic. Her other notable exhibitions include Collectio Judaica(2003), Action Painting (2006), and The New Barbizon: Back to Life (2017). Cherkassky works in a range of media and styles, synthesizing traditional painting techniques with vernacular tools and moving freely between allusions to the European canon and contemporary art.


Studio Israel is a conversation series inaugurated in the fall of 2020. This peer-led series invites audiences to join leading artists, academics, and community leaders for a panoramic journey through the landscape of Israeli art, dance, food, fashion, and more. Studio Israel investigates the diversity and nuance of Israel’s variegated social, cultural, and political aspects through the lens of the arts. 

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