Oreet Ashery

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice)
Department Art
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Oreet Ashery

Oreet Ashery’s work engages with the appearance of the Political and eccentric in art, bio-fiction, gender materiality and potential communities. Ashery’s practice spans live situations and performances, moving image, photography, workshops, writing and assemblages.  Ashery works in an international context and is interested in expanded notions of art that turn to areas such as music, costume, education, distribution, research and activism.

Ashery is currently a Fine Art Fellow at Stanley Picker Gallery, where she developed a web series titled Revisiting Genesis to be launched in spring 2016. Revisiting Genesis reflects on digital afterlife industry and legacy, withdrawal, friendships and feminist art reincarnations. Revisiting Genesis was first manifested at fig-2 ICA and will be shown at Stanley Picker Gallery and Tyneside Cinema during 2016.

Ashery produced Party for Freedom, an Artangel commission in 2013-4, focused on the ethos of 1960s-70s western avant-garde collectives, performances of liberation, and current freedom rhetoric. In 2014 Ashery presented The World is Flooding, a Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission, working with asylum seekers and other community groups and individuals on Mayakovsky’s play Mystery-Bouffe, set in a world inhabited by The Clean and The Unclean. The project encouraged minoritarian forms of knowledge-production such as creative writing that was used in immigration court cases.

Academic qualifications

  • 2014-15 Fine Art Fellow Stanley Pinker Gallery
  • 2013-15 Visiting Professor, Royal College of Art, Painting Department
  • 2013-2013 Honorary Research Fellow, School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University, London
  • 1998–2000 MA, Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London
  • 1989–1992 BA, Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University 


Ashery was a Visiting Professor at the Painting Department, The Royal College of Art, 2013-15 and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University London, 2010-2013.

Areas of supervision

Ashery has mentored young artists for many years, particularly in the areas of performance and live art. Since joining Goldsmiths in 2011 Ashery has been supervising and examining PhDs in the areas of practice and research around performance, gender, post-identity and minority discourses, biopolitics, interdisciplinary and postcolonial practices. 

Featured publications

  • The World is Flooding, zine (downloadable) B&W, A4, 77 pages, Tate commission
  • Party for Freedom DVD+ Booklet, Oreet Ashery, published by Crossovers, ISBN 978-0-9570149-7-8
  • Staying: Dream, Bin, Soft Stud and Other Stories, by Oreet Ashery (Artangel, 2010)
  • The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, graphic novel by Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour (Charta, 2009) ISBN 978-88-8158-733-9
  • Dancing With Men: Interventions, Interactions and Other Artworks, monograph by Oreet Ashery (Live Art Development Agency, 2009) ISBN 978-0-9546040-9-7


Artist's Book

The Novel of Nonel and Vovel
Ashery, Oreet and Sansour, Larissa. 2009. The Novel of Nonel and Vovel.


Party for Freedom
Ashery, Oreet. 2013. Party for Freedom. In: "Artangel Commission", 25 public and private venues across London, United Kingdom.

The Novel of Nonel and Vovel
Ashery, Oreet and Sansour, Larissa. 2009. The Novel of Nonel and Vovel. In: "The Novel of Nonel and Vovel", Iniva, London, United Kingdom, 2009-2011.