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Spotlight of the Week

April 20, 2010

Thank you for voting in the last poll. You chose Leora Laor as the featured artist of the week! Don’t forget to vote again for your favorite to be featured next week.

Leora Laor, #1000, 2007/8

Leora Laor, born and currently working in Israel, has an educational background in film, television, and photography. In the 1980’s she worked for the Oggi Domani Gallery in the east village of New York City and had one of her first one-person shows there. During that time she photographed the changing character of the neighborhood, street life, and social scenes. Since then she has continued photographing individuals in urban settings, however, occasionally the images are blurred and manipulated to evoke evanescence and an elusive quality. Her work can be found in public and private collections such as The Metropolitan Art Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Gemeente Museum Den Haag in Holland.

This particular image is part of a body of work titled Borderland from 2007/8. Laor explains the work: “I was looking for characteristic elements of Tel-Aviv reflecting its identity in its origins (A city in the sand). It is the last remnant of the initial strip of land. Although the photographs stem from reality, my intention is non-documentary. Rather than that, in my work, reality is transformed into fantasy. The series is built on contrasts: the tension between physical reality and imagination, sky and earth, silence and drama, emptiness and fullness, human beings and nature as well as the thin line between life and death.”

For more examples of Laor’s work, visit or our website!

One Comment leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 7:08 pm

    Always good to c contemporary.

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