by Dalit Nemirovsky | 05.11.12

If you are looking for a good reason to head up north of Israel this winter, I have one for you – Award winning photographer Yanai Toister is showing a solo exhibition at the Open Museum of Photography in Tel-Hai.

The exhibition, showcasing more than 80 works, presents a visual argument Toister has been developing about photography in which he “disengages” photography from reality, considering it as an autonomous medium. Toister’s work emphasizes photography as a structured space composed of aspirations and desires. It rejects the notion that the subject of a photograph must be a physical reality with all its concrete social and historical attributes.

‘Blue Print’ is a chance to see new work by Toister in which he uses new digital means to obliterate or add signs of reality to his work. Toister used a sophisticated scanner designed for scanning three-dimensional objects in order to scan some red Fuji apples he brought from Australia. Traces of leaves that covered the apples show up as green marks on their surface – that is, as “natural” photograms. Thus, photography returns to its role as an observer of reality, finds traces of itself within it and gathers them into its fold, only to turn the tables once again. (taken from exhibition text by curator Naama Haikin).

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue in Hebrew and English including more than 70 photographs and essays by curator Naama Haikin, Dr. David McArthur, Senior Lecturer at the Philosophy department, University of Sydney, and Architect Yuval Yaski, head of Architecture department at Bezalel Acadmey of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.

Yanai Toister | Blueprint | Solo exhibition

The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai

October 2012 through March 2013

Curator: Naama Haikin


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