Nechama Winston (b. New York) is a multidisciplinary artist working with video installation, photography, film, and archival research. Her work has been shown at the International Center of Photography, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the University of Oslo, and Kamloops Art Gallery, among other exhibitions and screenings in NYC, Colombia, Lithuania, Norway, Canada and Israel. She is also one of the editors of New Poetics of Labor, a research platform that looks at the relationship and exchanges between art and labor as an act of resistance. Winston has held a residency at K77 Studio | Space for Contemporary Performing Arts in Berlin, and has an upcoming residency with the ZK/U, Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin. She received an MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard College, NY (2017), and a BA in Art History and Behavioral Neuroscience (with honors) from CUNY Hunter College, NY (2012). Winston also currently works with the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.
Winston aims to depict alternative sides of historical events taught within the American narrative trajectory, interweaving personal experiences with collective political ones. Within this process, she looks for new “images” to emerge out of material collected, to imagine and provoke new narratives about the U.S. that move between fiction and non-fiction. Static Test (2017), for example, is an immersive installation of six video works combining Winston’s footage with appropriated content. The project developed from a series of black-and-white photographs made at night in Ajami, Tel Aviv-Jaffa in summer 2016, which were edited together with found video imagery relating to the U.S.’s presence in the Middle East and Persian Gulf. The videos critiqued America’s influence in these territories since the early 1990s when the nation emerged as an unchallenged world power at the end of the Cold War, and into the early 2000s when it declared the War on Terror. This falls within Winston’s broader research that looks at the philosophical implications of photography to form alternative political and spatial imaginaries.