by Dalit Nemirovsky | 19.09.12

Åsa Johannesson

Does a portrait really give us a glimpse into the world of the person portrayed? Does it give us a glimpse into the world of the artist? Both? None?
Portraits always intrigued me. It is simple – you are looking at someone and he is looking right back at you for as long as you want. One way or another it’s a meeting.
Curator Sagi Refael was able to create a fascinating exhibition taking the subject of portraits to a new interesting debate.
TRANSPORTARAIT deals with the classic theme of portraiture from its transformative and fluid point of view in a post-photoshop era.

Lea Golda Holterman

Lea Golda Holterman

Lea Golda Holterman

Throughout history, since the early portraits of rulers in Mesopotamia and ancient Greece, to portraits of noble men, religious men, patrons of the arts, aristocrats and so on, the portrait tended to flatter the person represented, as it was an official image that was supposed to last “forever” representing the qualities of the person portrayed to the generations ahead, and of course to it’s contemporary viewers.

In this exhibition curator Sagi Refael chose portraits by 3 different photographers, all aware of the conflicts and misleading representational artistic approaches in contemporary discourse about portraiture. Their work deals with the representation of people who had a massive change in their lives and in the way they project themselves and their personalities to the world. They have all gone through a trans-formative procedure, both in their own lives and during the course of the photography session. This exhibition confronts the viewer with portraits of people who had made minor to massive plastic surgeries, in order of change a gender representation, or in order to look young and attractive, following the cultural expectations of what is considered to be beautiful, sometimes taking it to the extreme.

” As viewers we might encounter mixed feelings”, says curator Sagi Refael – “The people who inhabit these portraits look real and fake at the same time. Did they go through all of these surgery procedures in order to express themselves in a better way? Do these images reflect part of their REAL essence?”

Åsa Johannesson

Åsa Johannesson

Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano

Minshar Gallery
David Hachmi St.
Tel: (03) 6887090 

Opening night: September 20th | 19:30
Exhibition closing date: November 1st.

Participating artists:
Åsa Johannesson (Born in Sweden, lives and works in London)
Phillip Toledano (American)
Lea Golda Holterman (Israeli)

Curator: Sagi Refael


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