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Hometown: Tel Aviv
Based in: London
Ori Gersht was born in Tel Aviv in 1967. He currently lives and works in London.
Over the course of his activity, the interests of Ori Gersht have incorporated history and metaphor, history of trauma, and the constant intertwining of metaphysical space into his subject matter. Gersht’s highly researched aesthetics has an innovative approach to the materiality of his medium. His works examine the gap between the mechanical, attentive and unassumptive vision of the camera, and the subjective vision of the human eye. At the same time, his practice OFFERS a constant exploration of the boundaries of photography, challenging its technological limits while touching on fundamental questions of optical perception, the perspective of time, and the relation between the photographic image and reality.
Gersht confronts works from the history of art with the medium of photography – pushing the camera to its limits while using ground-breaking technology, elaborate planning process, and material construction. The largest part of his work is associated with journeys he takes to places across the world that have witnessed or are still witnessing conflict. Gersht photographs—and sometimes films— the landscape of these places, carefully selecting his frames so that any references to the identity of location are extremely oblique if not entirely absent. His images are technically sophisticated; using devices as overexposure or movement, which further intensify the abstraction of representation. A fundamental concept underlying his works is the relationship between destruction and creation, and the way the moment of destruction becomes the moment of creation. Gersht uses these themes to offer an extended and complex meditation on the nature of time and the recording mechanisms of photography.
Gersht holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography, Film, and Video from the University of Westminster, London, and a Master’s Degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London.
Gersht has had solo exhibitions at museums such as Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Tate Britain, London; The Imperial War Museum, London; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, CT; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Santa Barbara Museum, CA; Photographers’ Gallery, London.
Recent group exhibitions include: Commission for Govert Flinck retrospective, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve; Still Life: Capturing the Moment, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Revelations: Experiments in Photography, Science Museum, London; National Media Museum, Bradford; Bruegel Land, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, London National Gallery, London; Eating Art, La Pedrera/Casa Milà, Barcelona; Ori Gersht, Idris Kahn, Boo Ritson, Centro Andaluz De La Fotografia, Almeria; In Focus: Living History at Tate Modern, London; Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour, V&A Museum, London; Inside-Out, Contemporary Artists from Israel at MARCO, Vigo, Spain.
Ori Gersht received the Nata Dushnitsky-Kaplan Foundation Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014); The Shenkar’s Honorary award, Shenkar Art Institute, Tel Aviv (2012); Artis Grant (2010); The Leon Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Prize winner at the British Transport Competition, Mall Gallery, London 1990; Prize winner at the South Bank: annual show, Royal Festival Hall, London.
Gersht’s work is included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Imperial War Museum, London; University of Chicago; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Council, Deutsche Bank, UBS
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