Shai Kremer

 
Internationally acclaimed photographer Shai Kremer concentrates on landscape photography. He begun his celebrated series Infected Landscapes over ten years ago, while still a student at Tel Aviv's art school Camera Obscura'. Since then he has created over one hundred images documenting the presence of man in the landscape, including the traces of the many layers of societal, political and military powers which have battled for territorial dominance in Israel in recent decades. While in some images the remains of military struggle are clearly foregrounded, in many compositions the desert panorama or hilltop may contain enigmatic remnants of human occupation only decipherable through the Kremer's given titles.

As the artist has stated concerning this series:

The images I shoot are often formally attractive, orderly compositions and apparently innocent' and poetic. This parallels the defense mechanisms developed by Israelis striving for normalcy and to protect themselves from the reality of the current political situation. The scars concealed in the landscape correspond to the wound in the collective unconscious of the country. The landscape, infected with the loaded sentiments of the ongoing conflict, becomes a platform for discussion.

Kremer has recently begun a new body of work entitled Fallen Empires which carries concerns visible in Infected Landscapes back through many previous centuries. Tracing the walls and monumental ruins of ancient imperialism on Israeli soil, Kremer's sweeping and often visually seductive compositions record remnants of several hundred years of history in one viewpoint. Kremer's new works engage with the transience of civilisation as well as our own mortality by questioning, in the artist's words, the legitimacy of imperialism.

Concurrently, Kremer's focus has also broadened to New York City, where he has been living for the past several years. Exploring the city from its outermost edges, Kremer discovers the abandoned calm of the many local backwaters far removed from the bustling centre, the optimal vantage point from which to investigate industrial growth on an intimate scale. Kremer has described of these New York images:

I found myself attracted more and more to these ex-centric spaces where I could see some horizon, some land in an undeveloped stage, temporary raw surfaces, soil... Indeed most of the images depict a landscape in change. Such fast pace of development struck me, especially when compared to home, in my Kibbutz, where time stands still.

Shai Kremer was born and raised in Israel and he now lives in New York where he received his MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. He has exhibited widely in the USA, China, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden and his work is in numerous museum collections including Tel Aviv Contemporary Art Museum, the Jerusalem Israel Art Museum, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the San Francisco MoMA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

Kremer's work is presently on show at Tate Modern in the exhibition Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera through October 2010.

James Hyman Photography represents Shai Kremer in the United Kingdom.

Education:
2005
School of Visual Arts, New York. M.F.A - Photography and Related Media.
2002
Camera Obscura School of Arts, Tel Aviv Israel. B.A. - Photography.
Solo Exhibitions:

2011
Infected Landscapes, James Hyman Photography, London

2010
Infected Landscape & Fallen Empires - Galerie Filles du Calvaire. Paris, France
Infected Landscape - FMoPa. Tampa, USA

2009
Infected Landscape - Houston Center for Photography. Houston, USA
Infected Landscape - Julie M Gallery. Toronto, Canada
Infected Landscape Israel - M. K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania

2008
Infected Landscape Israel - Stiftelsen 3,14 Hordaland International Art Gallery. Bergen, Norway
Infected Landscape (Part 2) - During "ART Tel Aviv" , Julie M Gallery. Tel Aviv, Israel
Broken Promised Land - Julie Saul Gallery. New York, USA
Broken Promised Land - Robert Koch Gallery. San Francisco, USA
Infected Landscape Israel - Julie M Gallery. Tel Aviv, Israel

2005
Infected Landscape - SVA Eastside Gallery. New York, USA

2004
Architecture of Terror - Israeli Architects Association. Tel Aviv, Israel
Infected Landscape - Givat Haviva Art Center. Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2010
Paris Photo, Robert Koch Gallery & Galleries Filles du Calvaire, Paris
Natural Conflict: Video and Photography from Israel, Nevada Museum of Arts
Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance and the camera - SF MoMA. San Francisco, USA
Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance and the camera - Tate Modern. London, UK
Looking In, Looking Out: the Window in Art - The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

2009
Picturing Modernity: The Photography Collection - SF MoMA. San Francisco, USA
Walls - Pont de la Machine. Geneva, Switzerland
Structures, dwellings and buildings - Ashdod Art Museum Tel Aviv, Israel
Point of View - Manshia. Tel Aviv, Israel
Stigmata - Red Cross Red Crescent Museum. Geneva, Switzerland
Windows and Mirrors - Julie Saul Gallery. New York, USA
Dystopia - Robert Koch Gallery. San Francisco, USA
Constellation - Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery. Roma, Italy

2008
Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
As Is - Vittoriano Art Museum. Rome, Italy
Reality Check - The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, USA
Panoramic Landscapes - Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Herzliya, Israel
HeartQuake - Museum on the Seam. Jerusalem, Israel

2007
Loaded Landscape - Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. Chicago, USA
Guangzhou Photo Biennale
Engagement - Contemporary Photography - Israel Museum. Jerusalem, Israel

2006
Local Testimony - In conjunction with the World Press Photo Exhibition. Tel Aviv, Israel
Emerging photographers 2005 - Stockholm. Sweden
Nisui Keylim (Weapon testing) - Tel Aviv, Israel
Infected Landscape - Julie Saul Gallery. New York, USA
Emerging photographers 2005 - Milan, Italy
Disengagement - Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel
Emerging photographers 2005 - Omotesando Gallery. Tokyo, Japan

2005
Emerging photographers 2005 - Art & Commerce. New York, USA
Focused - Photographic Centre Northwest. Seattle, USA
See what I mean - Visual Arts Gallery. New York, USA

2004
Artic 6 - America Israel Cultural Foundation, University Gallery. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Selected Publications:

2011
Fallen Empires, monograph

2010
Braind, Luc, Liberation, 'Terre de Guerre'
Exposed: voyeurism, surveillance and the camera - Tate Modern. London
Le Monde, Review on April 11th
Telerama, Review on April 7th

2009
Beaux Arts Magazines, Coups de Coeurs Paris Photo, November issue.
Earth, book published by teNeues including Pictet 2009.
Courrier International March, Paris France

2008
INFECTED LANDSCAPE, Shai Kremer , monograph, Dew Lewis Publishing Manchester UK
As Is Catalog - Vittoriano Art Museum. Rome, Italy
The New York Times, The City December, 7th, New York, USA
Images Magazine, Special Paris Photo Paris, France
Forward, "The Art of War", New York, USA
Afterimage Magazine an article on the book Infected Landscape, New York, USA
Haaretz, Arts Supplement "Gallery", 2-pages cover review by Dana Gillerman, August
Museum on the Seam HeartQuake - Catalog
The New Yorker, Art review by Vince Aletti, May 12th
Artis Catalog - Israeli Contemporary Art Week in New York Israeli Artists
Haaretz, Art review by Smadar Sheffi, Feb. 21st

2007
No Magazine 8-pages article, Oslo, Norway
Afterimage Magazine cover and article, New York, USA
Guangzhou Photo Biennale Catalog, Canton, China
NY Jewish Museum Spring Catalog, New York, USA

2006
New York Time Magazine Aug. 6th - Bernard Henri Levy : My Views of Israel
Artwalk NY Auction Catalog, New York

2005
Peek 2006, Art & Commerce Publications, New York, USA

2004
Artic 6 Catalog, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ellul Art Auction Catalog, Tel Aviv, Israel

Selected Awards:

2010
BMW Shortlist Prize, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

2009
Henri Cartier Bresson Award - Runner up, prize awarded to David Goldblatt
Lucie International Photography Awards - Honorable Mention

2008
Rencontres Photographiques D'Arles, PhotoFolio Review Prize
NYFA (New York Foundation of the Arts) Artist's Fellowship in Photography

2007
Aperture Portfolio Prize 2007, Runner-up
Rencontres Photographiques D'Arles, PhotoFolio Review Prize
Santa Fe Center for Photography, 2007 Prize nominee
HSBC Fondation pour la Photographie, amongst the 2007 Prize fifteen nominates
Israel Pais Grant for the Art and Culture, Tel Aviv, Israel

2006
Local Testimony, conjunct show with World Press Photo, 1st Price in Landscape

2005
Topographic Originals, Dean Award from the SVA Photography Department
America - Israel Cultural Foundation, MFA Studies Grant

2004
America - Israel Cultural Foundation, MFA Studies Grant

2002
America - Israel Cultural Foundation, BA Accomplishment Grant

Selected Collections:

Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY
SF MoMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts. Houston, TX
Museum of Contemporary Photography. Chicago, IL
Israel Museum. Jerusalem, Israel
Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Herzliya, Israel
Museum on the Seam. Jerusalem, Israel
Chapman Museum. New York, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Brunswick, ME
Rose Museum at Brandeis University. Waltham, MA
Harvard University. Cambridge, MA

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