Culture - NOMINEE: Nadav Ariel
The Face of the Tribe
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During my studies I was exposed to the magic that occurs in the dark room, and as a result I found myself working in large format for many years now. The analogue photographic processes and their This is an ongoing project, that has began few years ago, when I started to “collect” young Israelis, who gave me a strong impression or influenced me in some way, and photograph them in various parts of the country. Through the filming process I seek to better understand their personality, and raise questions related to the silent dialogue between the photographer, the photographed, and later - the audience. Can the photographers see their subject as they really are, or their habitus, their surrounding can change the impression dramatically? Can the viewer be a part of the dialogue, or is the audience just a bystander?
Nadav Ariel was born in 1985 in Kfar Adumim, a small community in the east of Jerusalem. He has completed his studies in photography at the Musrara Art School in 2013, and received an excellence award for his fial project in social photography.
In 2014 he was presented with The Rising Star award in Fotofusion festival in Palm Beach, Miami.
His work has been exhibited in several art festivals in Israel and abroad, including the following:
2014 The Rising Star | FOTOfusion Festival 2014 | Palm Beach, Miami
Curator: Fatima NeJame
2012 “Luz” | The Warehouse Pub Gallery | Jerusalem | Curator: Amit Hevroni
2011 “Following Him” | Shaon Choref (Winter Noise) Festival | Jerusalem
2017 “For Not Having Made Me a Woman” | Musrara Gallery | Curator: Itzik Harush
2016 “Photo Fairs - Shanghai 2016” | Presented by Noga Art Gallery
2015 “Nylon Festival” | Young Artist Exhibition | The David Tower Museum | Curator: Hadas Glezer
“Fresh Paint Festival #7” | Greenhouse Artists Exhibition | Curators: Raz Shapira-Fainburg & Yifat Gurion
“Manual Project” | The Cube Gallery | Curators: Noa Bechner & Ella Cohen-Vansover
2014 “The Promising Photographers of 2014” | The International Photography Festival 2014 | Israel
“Light in the Dark Room” | Musrara Mix Festival | Jerusalem | Curator: Ayelet Hashachar Cohen
2013 Fotopoetica 3 | “The Wilderness My Brother Wanders” | Manofi Art Festival | Musrara | Jerusalem | Curator: Eyal Ben Dov
Calcalist’s 30 Most Promising Young Artists Competition | Tel Aviv |
Kaneh LaVeshet | Third Year Students’ Exhibition | Musrara | Jerusalem |
Curator: David Daniel
2012 “Secret Project” | Musrara Mix Festival | Musrara | Jerusalem | Curator: Keren Rosenberg
Nadav’s work focuses on two central themes: the relationship between objectivity and subjectivity, between photographer and object. Does the photographer have a full control over the photograph, and can one exist independently from the other?