NICOLE ZISMAN addresses the complexity of stratified identity, the reality of its intersections within culture, and the political consequences of visual assimilation.
Nicole Zisman is a multi-disciplinary Jewish artist, born in the United States to Venezuelan immigrants and currently based in London. Analysis of her own multiple identities (especially her Jewish-ness and her manufactured digital persona) and their performative outlets is consistently woven into her work. She seeks to emphasise that bringing the real into the imagined until the lines blur is to challenge the notion of a fixed truth that ‘seeing is knowing,' that perception of a body in culture equals the real. Her debut collection, gÅrmÉNTS - בגדים, recalls ephemeral fashion or styling processes, placing them into existence through the use of print techniques. Imagery for these 'garments' are obtained by mixing together and styling clothing meant for specific identities (such as traditional Ashkenazi Jewish garments with Instagram it-girl clothing) to obscure their original purposes. These collages are then re-imaged onto new designs — referred to as 'gÅrmÉNTS,' as they evade actual clothing — using techniques ranging from moving image to UV sublimation to lenticular hand-pleating.
Zisman completed her BA in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins in 2019. This year, her work has received publicity from the likes of Dazed, LOVE Magazine, SHOWstudio, Vogue Italia, Tatler, King Kong Garçon, and ODDA Magazine. In October 2019, Zisman presented her first solo exhibition, יהי רצון / So Let It Be Your Will, supervised by Dr. Francesco Mazzarella and Professor Lucy Orta, hosted by Centre for Sustainable Fashion and Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019.