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Adi Nes

Adi Nes,  born in 1966, is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.  Recently he has enjoyed much success both locally and internationally following his solo exhibition, Biblical Stories at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Ar and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Biblical Stories was also exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, the Jack Shaiman Gallery in New York, the Light and Sie Gallery in Dallas, Texas and currently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Mr. Nes' oversized photographs, the result of complex staging, deal with issues of personal and collective identity, masculinity and Israeliness.  His style is unique and reminiscent of film production.

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Lecture Topics:

 Issues of Identity - Different issues related to Israeli identity are presented along with explanations about Mr. Nes' medium.

 Biblical Stories - The focus of this lecture is the series of Mr. Nes' staged photographs in which the main heroes are the homeless and people living on the fringe of society in a modern city such as Tel Aviv. The lecturer discusses  biblical heroes as they are portrayed in Art History, in the collective psyche, and according to his own modern interpretations. Some of the well-known stories to be discussed are Cain & Able, Abraham & Isaac, Jacob & Esau and Ruth & Naomi. The presentation is accompanied by slides and a short film Behind the Scenes and reveals how staged photographs are produced in dialogue with the history of art and the history of photography.


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