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Adi Nes: The Village 11 October 2012 – 3 February 2013
The Jewish Museum is delighted to announce its first contemporary art show, The Village, a solo exhibition of large format photographs by renowned Israeli artist Adi Nes. This will be Nes’s first show in the UK, and opens as part of Frieze Art Fair’s VIP Programme. This new series is set in a carefully-staged fictional village within a beautiful rural landscape. But what should be idyllic is laden with mystery, intensity and an undercurrent of tension. As in Nes’s previous work, here he uses an art historical language, referencing well-known art works such as Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Pablo Picasso’s Boy Leading a Horse to examine contemporary Israeli identity as well as issues of gender, militancy, statehood, intergenerational relationships and the function of art. They combine to achieve a multi-layered portrayal of human relationships.
The series is divided between outdoor scenes that reveal personal relationships and indoor scenes that refer to an interior psychological world. All the images have an emotionally-charged atmosphere. In one image a diverse group of villagers participate in a shooting exercise at the edge of which Nes describes “an invisible line around the settlement where everything beyond is off limits.” The villagers are shooting at an invisible target, which only exists in their heads. It reveals an isolation and alienation, which is how Nes says he experiences the world.
Tension is revealed between the boys of the village in The Bats, set in the attic of an old building. The three young men catching bats exchange loaded gazes. Nes sees the bats as representing hidden secrets. The picture refers to Goya’s series of sketches Los Caprichos (The Follies) in which the artist used bats to describe visions and nightmares which allude to the corrupt society around him. In Nes’s picture the boys come to clean the attic and find they must confront their own fears and anxieties.
Adi Nes was born in Kiryat Gat, Israel and now works in Tel Aviv. Nes has had solo shows at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Fransisco, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, Columbus, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Israel and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work is in many public collections including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; The Jewish Museum, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
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