Soldiers is a series of 22 photographs produced between 1994 and 2000 by one of Israel’s leading photographers. Considered one of the most important works in contemporary Israeli photography, many of its prints can be found in prestigious museums and private collections worldwide.

Exhibiting this year at Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a combination of both parts, focusing on intermediary moments between privacy and intimacy within the rigid framework of military life, and with the loss of innocence within masculinity. This series has won awards including the 1999 Minister of Education, Culture and Sport Prize, and was described by the New York Times as “shrewd sendups of the pervasive, macho military presence in Israeli life”.

Adi Nes is an award-winning photographer from Israel whose works have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Israel and abroad. Nes’s body of work includes five main series to date: Soldiers (1994-2000), Boys (2000), Prisoners (2003), Biblical Stories (2004-2007) and The Village (2007-2012). His work deals with issues of Israeli identity and masculinity, and wrestles with social and political questions revolving around gender, the center vs the periphery, Eastern vs. Western cultures, ethnic issues, Judaism, local myths, militarism, humanism and social justice. Nes is also a teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he himself studied, and gives courses and lectures in various art academies and universities worldwide.?

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Adi Nes / Soldiers
  • August 24, 2019 - October 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm