Navah Joy Uzan is a new media artist and photographer. Born in New York, Uzan currently lives and works in Ra’anana Israel.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Uzan's works falls between the categories of photography, sculpture, sound, and video. Uzan studied Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and Art and Education at Hamidrasha Faculty of Arts in Beit Berl College. She is a graduate of HaMidrasha Postgraduate Program of Fine Arts.
Uzan is a member of Binyamin Gallery, a cooperative gallery for contemporary art in Tel Aviv. Her works have been exhibited in a variety of spaces and events such as PrintScreen Festival for Digital Art at The Design Museum (Holon), Janco-Dada Museum (Ein-Hod Artist Village), and Hayarkon 19 Gallery (Tel Aviv).
Navah Uzan work explores the breakdown and reassembling of reality and investigates issues of scale, simulation, and visual perception. She challenges the space between visualization and local concrete reality, and displays her findings as a form of futuristic archaeology.
Uzan's work process begins with an interest in physical spaces or biographical materials; locations which she photographs as she documents her journey within them. The photographic documentation then undergoes a digital editing process of separation and dissolution of the image, and the result, stripped of all identifying features, becomes the basis for video works. Through the addition of monotonous and hypnotic animations, Uzan transforms the locations into fictitious spaces, resulting in a hybrid of different elements; formative spaces that do not rely on physical laws. The environments created are characterized by a sense of alienation, by the absence of human presence and by the disruption of the sense of reality.
Uzan's works are primarily large-scale installations, projected on large surfaces with accompanying sounds that allow viewers maximum immersion into the imagined world. The sound that accompanies her works is created by a synthesis between human voices and the digital processing; thus contributing to the dystopian atmosphere and to the sense of boundlessness, and allows the viewer to transition from place to place without interruption.