May 3 to June 2, 2012 | FREE
Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave.
Curator: Mona Filip
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 3, 6 – 9 PM
EXHIBITION HOURS: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM
View the press release here
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.
Image: Adi Nes, David and Jonathan, 2006 (detail).
Artist Talk: Adi Nes
May 7, 2012, 7 PM | FREE
Eaton Theatre (Room 204), Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould St., Toronto
Presented by the Koffler Gallery and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
In conjunction with his survey exhibition organized by the Koffler Gallery, Israeli photographer Adi Nes speaks about his artistic perspective on contemporary Israeli society and the politics of identity, introducing his newest body of work, The Village, which will be premiering in New York and Paris in 2012.
Photo: Ziv Koren.
Adi Nes is a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of:
Michael and Amira Dan
Carole and Howard Tanenbaum Charitable Foundation
Koffler Gallery is generously supported by:
|Location:||Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Ave