Embracing Ambiguity in Israel
Frédéric Brenner, photographer
The New York Times Lens Blog
April 9, 2014



Frédéric Brenner: Netiv HaAsara, 2010


The New York Times featured a series of photographs by Frédéric Brenner titled Embracing Ambiguity in Israel on The Lens Blog. Brenner refers to this series on his website as an Archeology of Fear and Desire , which, is connected to a much larger project that he initiated called This Place.


All of this work was born of Brenner’s relentless pursuit of  his own identity (and seemingly all Jews on a certain level). For more than twenty years he has traced the Jewish Diaspora around the world to over 40 countries,  a trek that ultimately lead him to Israel —  both literally and conceptually  —  in an effort to define Jewish identity in the modern world.


This Place attempts to tackle this gargantuan task by unleashing a team of twelve photographers into Israel to compile a visual survey that digs deeper than the surface depictions popularized in the international news media.


From The Place website:


From the outset, Brenner acknowledged to himself that no single vantage point – including his own – could speak of the complexity of this historic and contested place and its shaping of contemporary lives; to begin to comprehend the radical dissonance of this place would require a multiplicity of practices and perspectives.



See the New York Time Lens Blog entry here
See more about Frédéric Brenner here
Go to This Place here



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Frédéric Brenner
An Archaeology of Fear and Desire
Howard Greenberg Gallery
May 7 – July 3


David Leventi
Rick Wester Fine Art
May  7 – July 10


David Battel
Out of Time
Rick Wester Fine Art
May  7 – July 10


It’s not often that we see three of our wildly diverse customers having fancy openings in New York City on the same night. Yet on Thursday May 7th, David Leventi, David Battel and Frédéric Brenner all held court in various galleries showing off their work. And what’s even more oddly-coincidental is that these three guys are film shooters who process with us … we couldn’t have been more proud!



David Leventi: Proud papa in front of his Palais Garnier, Paris, France, 2009


For more on David Leventi’s Opera at Rick Wester Fine Art click here.
Read an additional post on David in our Project Archive here
See more of David’s work on his website here



David Battel at Rick Wester Fine Art


For more on David Battel at Rick Wester Fine Art click here



Frédéric Brenner: Sderot, 2011 from An Archaeology of Fear and Desire at Howard Greenberg Gallery


For more on Frédéric Brenner’s work at Howard Greenberg click here
Read an additional post on Frédéric in our Project Archive here
Explore Brenner’s project This Place here




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