Adi Nes Testaments
TestamentsDec 14, 2019 - Mar 1, 2020
Adi Nes stands out as one of the most important and leading photographers in Israel.
Throughout 20 years of activity, his artwork has developed to be groundbreaking for an entire generation of artists while clearly 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. 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.
“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 a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with the many layers that exist within them.”