Somewhere by Jennifer Abessira

by Anna Kopito | 24.02.14

Jennifer Abessira is an artist and photographer. She was born in Mennecy, a small village near Paris, and moved to Tel Aviv with her parents when she was 8 years old. Upon arrival in Israel, Jennifer remembers a strong and immediate connection with the palm trees. She was fascinated by them, as they were totally different from the typical Parisian vegetation.

At the age of 13, her fascination moved towards films and she spent most of her nights, for 10 years, in the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. The movies created a sense of urgency to produce visuals, and without paying attention to it she started to document her life on a daily basis. She shoots either with a mobile or a simple digital camera.

Made especially for Telavivian, Jennifer Abessira shares her highly personal work that holds a connection to one of her favourite films, Somewhere, and its aesthetics. The American drama from 2010 was directed by Sofia Coppola. The story surrounds the protagonist, the newly famous actor Johnny Marco, and his recuperation from a minor injury at the well-known Hollywood retreat, Chateau Marmont. While being trapped in an existential crisis, the presence of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo helps Marco to mature and take responsibility.

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