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Yoav Horesh May 27, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Israel.
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Market, Jerusalem 2003, Scene of Suicide Bombing 4/2002

Yoav Horesh (b.1975, Israel) received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited in Israel, Europe and the USA. Solo and group exhibitions include the Palazzo Reale di Milano, Projekt RaumBahnhof 25 in Germany, Jerusalem National Theater, Nathan Bernstein Gallery (NYC), Stone Crop Gallery and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. He has been the recipient of the Mortimer Frank Travel Award, the Agnes Martin and M. Roche scholarships, the Rhode Island Photographic Society and the Agora Gallery International Competition award. Yoav is currently on the photography faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art, Queens College and Columbia University.

About the Photograph:

“Between 2002 and 2005 I worked on “Aftermath”. In this series of photographs, I explored the sites of recent terrorist attacks in Israel after they had been hastily repaired and the destruction had been erased not only from the landscape, but from the collective memory. Instead of being perceived and experienced as a narrative or as an historical moment, the photographs are read as a disruption of time and space, or trauma. The very absence of devastation in these places draws attention to the attempt to erase the trauma and thereby gives the situation a presence that resists and confronts the desire not to see and not to remember. I strive to provide the viewer an alternative gaze at otherwise mundane or ordinary places, at a remaining landscape.  This body of work includes over one hundred different sites where a history of violence has been removed.”

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