Pesi Girsch’s works are located on the borderline between light and darkness and under-
mine all which is taken for granted.
The enigma within her works holds a preservation instinct and a journey in the twilight
zone between life and death. This instinct is founded on history, memory, worship, day
dreams and what some may call “reality”. The body of work in the exhibition explores
the boundaries of the “normal”, of what one wants, and therefore, or alternatively, wi-
shes not to see.
The exhibition is challenging the viewers and their preconceptions. It seeks to reveal an
eccentric and macabre existence. It is the psyche’s shadow play, reflecting loneliness and
life-and-death cycles. Once again, photography loses its status as documenter of truth.
The artist restates reality, recreates it from her memories, from her own personal as well
as collective cultural horror into poetic gestures and delicate beauty withholding its own
demise and death.
In Girsch’s photography memory is an enchanted force, as well as a formal and concep-
tual one. She explores the “lost time”, combines and assimilates life and death in fine
humor making them a complete whole matter of wisdom and sight.
Ghosts, death, underground spaces; mice and insects as vulnerable creatures yet they
are the earth strongest survivors, evidence of knowledge such as books and encyclo-
pedias that commemorate a fading memory – all of these populate Girsch’s works. She
kneads horror, she toys with it. With horror comes a liberating detachment from the
earthly world’s constraints. This liberation is linked to creativity, freedom and playful-
ness. Girsch’s work starts a realization of an option, an act which bound to destroy the
existing world. The humor in Girsch’s work is dark humor, aware of the world’s sins, as it
lies and exists within the very same world.
Girsch seeks to touch the viewers, to create a vibration in the crossroad point of sensa-
tion and awareness, of rational and emotional, until she scratches the beholder’s mind
or skin. Then she creates an growing territory of shadows, horrifying yet seductive and
tempting at the same time.
This exhibition plays with the viewrs’ emotions as if it is an existential amusement park,
moving in between the polars of certainty, solemnity, life and lights – and those of
doubt, shaken earth, death and darkness.
Translation Dana Peleg