Nir Hod
b. 1970, Tel Aviv

Women Soldiers, 1994
Photo transfer, oil on canvas, glitter
Collection of the artist

The artist himself appears in the center of this triptych, flanked by portraits of women soldiers recalling the feminine manner of an earlier era. Nir Hod uses his own body dressed in drag to characterize the stereotype of the woman soldier, rendering her both as kitsch and exotic. For Hod the woman soldier is an archetype of femininity, a symbol of a total woman. His investigations in gender politics represent the social, sexual and cultural transformations happening in Israel now.