All the works of Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi (Kiev 1976, represented by Rosenfeld Gallery in Tel Aviv) which are exhibited in circle1, except of three paintings were done during her two visits to Ngwo, Nigeria, in 2013. The three larger paintings, were produced when she got back to Israel, based on fresh memories as well as preliminary sketches done in situ.
Zoya Cherkassky – Nnadi’s paintings depict the village’s daily situations: at home, at family meetings, at the market. Being a family member and not a tourist (Ngwo being her spouse’s home town), allows her to observe the place in an intimate and direct fashion. She has the vantage point that no tourist can acquire by being part of the people living in Ngwo, and so she infiltrates herself into the matrix of the village and delivers an authentic report of its life.
Zoya Cherkassky – Nnadi is a co- founder of the “New Barbizon”, a group of artists who left the studio and its mediation and in the tradition of the first school, depict life by a direct encounter, thus coming back to the realities of their surrounding in a new and fascinating way.