In a time of constant conflict, figuring out where you fit in the grand scheme of things can be a full-time occupation.
The task of defining, explaining and holding onto your own identity at a time when the political ground is shifting beneath your feet is the main concern of the CEPA Gallery exhibition "Place Relations: Identity in Contemporary Israeli Avant-Garde Art." The show holds lessons not only about the roiling conflicts that animate life in the Middle East, but about how each of us navigates -- or fails to navigate -- a political and social climate in a state of endless upheaval.
As part of the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 25, CEPA Gallery will host a visit from the avant-garde artist duo Tamy Ben-Tor and Miki Carmi on Oct. 27. The appearance will feature a performance by Ben-Tor, who is "known for eccentric, character-driven video and performance works that mine the complexities of Jewishness and the many faces of bigotry," according to the website Artspace.
Carmi's work, including oil paintings and photographs, considers issues of aging and identity that often tie in thematically with Ben-Tor's performances.
Tamy Ben-Tor in performance: 8 p.m. Oct. 27, as part of a reception beginning at 6 p.m. in CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St. Admission is free. Call 856-2717 or visit cepagallery.org.