Mary Ocher

Mary Ocher


For over a decade, avant-garde artist Mary Ocher has been pushing against the current, making work that confronts ideas of authority, identity and conflict.

The experimental artist has held the attention of the European and Israeli art and music worlds since the 2011 release of ‘War Songs’, a collection of acoustic apocalyptic folk songs released under her band project, Mary and The Baby Cheeses.

Migrating from Russia to an Israeli kibbutz at five, Ocher’s critique of contemporary Israel generated controversy around her 2017 video clip Arms, filmed in Tel Aviv.

Her abstract approach to recording has seen Ocher direct videos, write poetry and dip into elements of garage music, ambient synths and experimental pop with African and South American rhythms. Her most recent record, ‘The West Against the People’ features her band, Your Government, and collaborations with Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin.

At FOJAM, she will perform a solo set on piano in the Salon. Ocher will also perform a DJ set on the balcony in the evening.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Shir Madness Melbourne