Shay Arick is a cross-disciplinary Israeli artist based in New York. His practice combines photography, sculpture, performance, video and drawing in order to explore issues of violence, social taboos, political conflicts, and human behaviors. In this process, Shay deconstructs iconic cultural imagery as a form of critique and analysis.
Shay employs art history and historical archives as a founding material for multidisciplinary installations developed to expose the absurdity of societal constructs provoking dialogue around body and gender politics, desire, and power dynamics. Through his work and research, Shay attempt to comprehend the origins of human violence, by taking on the roles of victims and executioners as well as tormentors and tyrants. By doing this, he hopes to awaken the imagination of the spectators while offering a space for self-reflection and contemplation.