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Adi Nes

Adi Nes stands out as one of the most important and leading photographers in Israel.


For more than 20 years, his work has been groundbreaking for an entire generation of artists while presenting the multi-layered complexities of Israeli identity. Nes creates meticulously crafted, staged images that are both autobiographical and attest to living in a country in conflict. Central themes in Adi Nes’ photographs deal with the issues of Israeli identity and masculinity. His work explores social and political questions revolving around gender, the center vs. the periphery, Eastern vs. Western cultures, ethnic, Judaism, local myths, militarism, humanism, and social justice. Nes’ multi-layered photographs draw inspiration from his personal biography, and also from the collective Israeli memory and universal art history. Sexual tension is ever-present in Nes’ work, as he delves into complex explorations of homoeroticism. The exhibition will be titled Testaments, and present three of Adi Nes’ most significant series of photographs in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery: Soldier Series (1994-2000), Biblical Series (2004-2007) and The Village (2013).

"It's fascinating to present staged photographs in a cinematic style which tell true stories about western society in a period when the line between truth and fiction is blurred. For American audiences, there is no better place than Fotografiska New York to be exposed to my works, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with the many layers that exist within them." - Adi Nes

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