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Israeli Photographer Adi Nes Brings His First Exhibition to Toronto

Artist brings His Bold, Often Controversial Work to Koffler Gallery

By: Daniel Horowitz

Published: April 24th, 2012 in Culture » Art » News

Israeli Photographer Adi Nes Brings His First Exhibition to Toronto

The Koffler Gallery presents the first Canadian survey of the stunning, bold and often controversial work of internationally acclaimed Israeli photographer Adi Nes from May 3 to June 2, 2012. Attesting to the artist’s importance in a society fraught with conflict, his meticulously crafted images have become part of 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 into the narratives that underlie national identity. Nes’ own sense of marginality, informed by his Kurdish and Iranian heritage, his queer identity and his experience growing up in the development town of Kiryat Gat, influence his artistic vision and provide a particular filter for 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.

Nes will be on hand for a dialogue with the public on Monday, May 7, 2012, at 7 PM at Eaton Theatre (Room 204), Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould St., Toronto

The open forum is presented by the Koffler Gallery and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

The Koffler Gallery acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and theCanada Council for the Arts. The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Amira Dan, and Carole and Howard Tanenbaum Charitable Foundation.

Visit Adi Nes' exhibit from May 3rd- June 2nd at Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave.

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