Outdoor - NOMINEE: yuli gorodinsky
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I am applying for a grant with a very simple intention: I wish to continue, develop and expand my photographic work, which I have been doing for the last two years: observing and documenting the Israeli landscape. The project I have in mind is one that will shape itself as it proceeds, and is essentially elastic. It aspires to be truthfully objective and is simultaneously deeply personal.
I was born in St Petersburg, Russia and immigrated with my mother to Israel when I was 11.
This was a totally different environment: strange, scary and unapproachable.
As time went by, this disconnection of the soul from its place of existence took a toll on me.
It’s only when photography entered my life that I started to broaden my perception, gradually approaching this ominous and mysterious land – daring to get closer, observing it and looking for its unique signs and meanings. Gradually this became an essential tool for the refinement and understanding of my gaze, and through it the illusive understanding of my inner self.
Following the footsteps of Robert Frank and Alec Soth, I wish to travel this land, looking for the plain and the ordinary, for the exotic and he far-fetched. The material is there: the practice will be in the photographer’s hand, the vision in his mind.
I am a traveler in my own land, an eternal migrant. I wish to gather memories; reorganize the materials of reality into an alternate entity. In my wanderings, I usually find myself drawn to relics, to traces left in the landscape. To all those signs left behind by culture, which at times become a sort of preposterous testimony. Sometimes enchanted and tempted by the exoticism photography offers, in other instances my perspective becomes ironic and critical. I am drawn to figures that look lost. Detached and disconnected. Often it seems as though they belong to a species on the verge of extinction, existing in a bizarre, ephemeral reality. Ghosts scattered on the earth, which is itself in chaos. My work contains a yearning, but it is unclear what for. This is a longing with no addressee, an unfulfilled romanticism, and it drives me to continue.
Most of this project will be shot on film, a medium which creates a delay between the moment the picture is taken and its final materialization, a space in which the original vision still exists, unscathed by reality. Much more than my personal appreciation for the analog aesthetic, this gap is one of the things that intrigues me in the photographic process and, in my opinion, is crucial to the development of an individual style and the refinement of the gaze. Plainly speaking, it enables the photographer to react from the gut and thus to discover one’s own initial aesthetic impulses, delving deeper into the understanding of oneself.
My true hope is to be able to devote myself fully to this photographic research,
I hope that this grant will help me do that.
A 32 years old photographer.
Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Currently living and working in Tel Aviv, Israel.
A self taught photographer with a background in cinema studies and graphic design.
Independent Artist Greenhouse of Fresh Paint Art Fair 8.
Curators choice award, Local Testimony 2015.
1st prize winner for a series, Urbanizm and Culture category, Local Testimony 2014.
One of the promising young artists of Israel, as chosen by the Calcalist Magazine, 2013.
A regular contributor to Time Out Tel Aviv magazine.
Works on commissioned work and personal projects, specializing mostly in portraits and reportage photography.
July, 2016 - LG YPhoto, Tel Aviv.
April, 2016 - Fresh Paint Art Fair 8.
Dec - Jan, 2015-16 - Local Testimony, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel aviv, Israel.
Nov, 2015 - Bread and Roses 10, Ramat Gan.
Sep-Oct, 2015 - PhotoArt, Jaffa Harbor Gallery, Jaffa.
May, 2015 - PickupArt at Pasáž , Tel Aviv.
Mar, 2015 - Tel Aviv Photo Fair, Aza 13 st., Jaffa.
Dec-Jan, 2014 - Local Testimony, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel aviv, Israel.
Mar, 2013 - Calcalist's Promising Young Artists of Israel 2013, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Feb-March, 2013 - Dialogue: Life through a lens, Kings College, London, UK.
Nov-Dec, 2012 - Conversation 21: Young voices from the Middle East, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
Aug, 2012 - The Wandering Gallery #2 and #3, showcase of Israeli Analog Community, Tel Aviv, Israel.