Elisheva Gavra
(with Layla Klinger)
Ambiguous Loss
Multimedia installation combining projection mapped photography and electroluminescent lace, loop

The photos, taken by Elisheva Gavra while visiting the Hasidic community she grew up in, fit through the voids of the glowing lace in an attempt to re-frame and form new meaning. The electroluminescent lace, created by Layla Klinger, is an experiment in making a space that is made out of voids, capable of housing incomplete memories. In this collaboration, the artists are layering two forms that grow from existential transit and ambiguous loss.

ELISHEVA GAVRA (b. 1992) is a studio photographer and visual artist based in Brooklyn, currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts at Columbia University. Her work explores the photographed portrait as an apparatus for constructing identity, where the act of looking and of being looked at are put on display.


LAYLA KLINGER (b. 1993) earned an MFA in Textiles from Parsons School of Design in 2021, where she is an adjunct faculty member. Her works have been presented globally, including at Mana Contemporary, Urban Zen Foundation, the Fiberart International Biennale, and Rosenfeld Gallery (2020). She created installations for the Little Island Festival (Sikinos, Greece), New York Public Library, FRATZ Festival (Berlin) and Nightlight Festival (Tel Aviv). Klinger is the recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation excellence scholarship (2017), Parsons School of Art and Design Provost scholarships (2019) and The New School University scholarship (2019).