Conceptual - NOMINEE: Roei Greenberg
Along The Break
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“ALONG THE BREAK”//ROEI GREENBERG
The Great Rift Valley is a continuous geographic trench caused 35 million years ago by movement of tectonic plates and runs from Lebanon's Beqaa Valley in Asia to Mozambique in South Eastern Africa.
This topographic phenomenon also known as The “Syrian-African break” in Hebrew and crosses contemporary Israel from north to south.
En route, it carves out the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea and shapes the physical borders of Israel; with Lebanon and Syria in the north, with Jordan along the eastern front and with Egypt in the south.
Although the BREAK is used to describe the physical features of the phenomenon, I use it as a platform for my conceptual journey in the Israeli landscape, a place soaked with history and conflicts, A place that is part of me as an Israeli, and which I see as broken.
My photographic work offers a poetic framework. I confined myself to the geographic boundaries of the phenomenon, while confronting the break as a metaphor of the ideological and social crisis that this local landscape represents; The minefields of the Golan Heights, the empty communal kibbutz dining hall, an abandoned resort to the dry shores of the Dead Sea and the watchtowers scattered throughout the landscape.
The physical and metaphorical journey is a main theme in my work. I take the idea of the American photographic road trip, the endless roads and vast open spaces and import that notion into the small, restricted, Israeli landscape.
Using a large format camera, I reorganize the materials of reality into an alternative entity and transform the relics into monuments, pictorial and provoking, yet tinged with irony and underlying ideological tones. I wish to create an ongoing dialogue between the everyday and the sublime.
Roei Greenberg is an Israeli artist & photographer. He was born in 1985 and grew up in kibbutz Yiftach, a small kibbutz located in the north of Israel, right on the border with Lebanon.
In 2013, He completed a 4 year course of Art And Photography in Minshar Art College, Tel Aviv. There he exhibited his first solo exhibition — a documented journey of the Israeli landscape. The following year this project won the coveted Sony World Photography Awards 2014 as the best landscape body of work. Following this award, Greenberg was invited by the organizers to take part in a group exhibition at Somerset House, London. “Greenberg’s work have a rare photographic quality which fit in with his original idea and his unique framework” (WPO judges quote ).
In 2012 he was selected as one of ten promising young Israeli photographers in a competition organized by Google for his typologic work which dealt with the idea of the Kibbutz and its condition in almost an “objective” way. Later that year the winning series was exhibited at the second International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv.
In 2015 Greenberg was invited to take part in the Land Acupuncture Festival in Duisburg, Germany. Later that year he was sponsored by Alon USA, an American oil company, to road trip the American south and to create a body of work called The Train Don't Stop Here Anymore. A body of work that deals with local memory of a place in a metaphorical way.
In 2016 Greenberg was invited by the Israeli Ministry Of Science, to create an exhibition about the Israeli achievements in different fields of science. The exhibition has been on show in Ben Gurion International Airport since March 2016.
Currently, Greenberg is working towards a new exhibition which is going to be presented in March 2017 as part of Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv.