May 3 to June 2, 2012
Koffler Gallery Off-Site
Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave.
Curator: Mona Filip
The Koffler Gallery presents the first Canadian survey of the stunning, bold and often controversial work of internationally acclaimed Israeli photographer Adi Nes. His meticulously crafted images attest to the role of the artist in a country fraught with conflict and have entered the collective visual culture as well as major museum collections around the world. The exhibition includes Nes’ most prominent photographs from the Soldiers (1994-2000), Boys (2000) and Biblical Stories (2003-2006) series, including the iconic Untitled (The Last Supper) (1999).
Referencing art history and photojournalism, Nes’ interpretations of Biblical, mythological and literary subjects propose a critical view of the present while seeking to uncover a universal humanism. Conversely, his examinations of the military environment, tenement towns and the fringes of Israeli society take on mythical dimensions, enabling a philosophical inquiry of the narratives underlying national identity. Nes’ own experience of marginality informs his artistic vision and becomes the prism through which he addresses the realities of his homeland. His perspective generates a meaningful and subversive exploration of notions of masculinity as well as cultural and sexual identity within the contemporary Israeli and global contexts.