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Sharon Ya'ari: The Romantic Trail and the Concrete House

Sharon Ya'ari: The Romantic Trail and the Concrete House

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Sharon Ya'ari: The Romantic Trail and the Concrete House

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Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Magdalena Holzhey. Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 2021. Published by Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne.

172 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 26 x 21 cm. Bilingual in English and German. Paperbound.

ISBN 9783864423215

In what way do ­formal and ideal influences continue in another reality of life? The Israeli photographer explores such questions in his first solo show in Germany at Haus Esters. Built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late nineteen twenties, Haus ­Esters and Haus Lange are two of the most iconic structures of modernist architecture in Germany and can be associated with notions of an open, forward-looking society. The special atmosphere and architecture of these former private homes have regularly inspired artists since being repurposed as exhibition venues for contemporary art. Sharon Ya’ari builds on this site-specific tradition to the extent that he developed new works and series for Haus Esters based on the reality of his own life. The starting point of Ya’ari’s photographic exploration is the connection between the ideas of European modernism between the World Wars and the effort to implement them in the young State of Israel. Sharon Ya’ari traces the legacy of modernist formal language in his native country. He is not concerned with the perspective of architectural photography but rather with marginalia, the relics of everyday life, the fragile relationships between human beings and the elements of their environment. Modernist utopias overlap with the history of its breaks and the conflictual reality of everyday life. The search for the traces of modern-ism’s great visions thus becomes a mirror of human living conditions.

Subject Headings: Near and Middle East (Western Style) ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- Israel -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Photography -- Women Artists --

Artist(s): Ya'ari, Sharon

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