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Anthony Nestel

Anthony Nestel was born in Antwerp in 1987. He studied art from 2008 to 2010 at Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv and then in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie until 2013, then holding a two-year residence at De Ateliers. In recent years, he created a work cycle that circled around an alter ego named Chaim. The figure Chaim shows no links to our traditional story, but creates its own power structures, that Anthony Nestel calls IIII Lifestyle. At its core, at issue is an engagement with Religion and other power structures. With videos and live performances, in part in public pace (Chaim Chosen One speech at ‘t Spui in Amsterdam on the 23rd of March 2012), Nestel has presented himself as Chaim and his observer and sketched out a vision of a higher life of the chosen one in lectures and speeches. These installations worked not only with performance but also with video and sound, object and light installations and could in part by entered by the spectators (The Holy Land of Ganda, 2013).