Infected Landscape: Israel, Broken Promised Land
April 23 - June 7, 2009
Opening Reception with artist, April 23 6 - 9 PM
TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - "Infected Landscape - Israel, Broken Promised
Land" is a seven year project that portrays the ominous imprint of the
Military on the Israeli landscape - and reflectively on the Israeli society.
The images are often formally attractive, aesthetic, orderly compositions
apparently innocent and poetic. This parallels the defense mechanisms
developed by Israelis striving for normalcy and to protect themselves from the
reality of the current political situation. The scars concealed in the
landscape correspond to the wounds in the collective unconscious of the
country. The landscape, infected with loaded sediments of the ongoing
conflict, becomes a platform for discussion.
The exhibition features 15 framed color prints, including 2 large
panoramas. Subject includes remains of military bases, training sites and
targets and the separation fence. The photographs attract the viewer, seduce
him closer, then challenge him to reflect on their meaning and implications: a
personal style that has been called both clinical and emotional.
A hardcover monograph entitled Infected Landscape: Israel, Broken
Promised Land, with 66 color plates, published in September 2008 by Dewi Lewis
publishing, will be available during the exhibition. Sylvia Wolf, photography
scholar and director of the Henry Art Museum in Seattle has contributed an
essay as well as Moshe Zuckerman.
Shai Kremer was born in Israel in 1974. He received his BA at Camera
Obscura School of the Arts in Tel Aviv, and went on to get his MFA in 2005 at
the School of Visual Arts, New York. He now divides his time between Tel Aviv
and New York.
Among the many honors he has received are the Israel Pais Grant for Art
and Culture, and a First Prize in Landscape in the Edut Mekomit (Local
Testimony) competition, exhibited in conjunction with World Press Photo. He is
also the recipient an Artist's Fellowship in photography by the New York
Foundation of the Arts (NYFA).
Kremer's photographs are included in the collections of the NY
Metropolitan Museum, the SF MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography,
Chicago, Chapman Museum, NY, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum,
Harvard University, Brandeis University, among others.
For further information:
For further information: Julie M. Gallery, 15 Mill Street, Toronto, ON,
M5A 3R6, Tel. (416) 603-2626, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.juliem.com