Through June 15, 2013
The work of the Russian-born Israeli photographer Pavel Wolberg walks the line of tangibility. Wolberg's images hold the instant still and are charged with energy that extends beyond the frame. These works, sometimes seemingly impossible, feel like aparitions. There are moments of internal clarity in the midst of chaos, as in Kiriyat -Shmona, 2006 where a man, his fingers plugging his ears to block out the sound of a firing tank behind him, kneels to prey, or Gaza Border, 2008 where two soldiers lay hidden in a grain field, waiting in anticipation. There are moments of surprise where tradition seems to break, as in Hebron (Purim), 2010 that features a portrait of a bearded man concealed by a peacock mask and wrapped in a green feather boa or Jerusalem (Mea Shearim), 2010 of a youth in a dress and a beard running down the street. These last two images are from the Jewish holiday Purim, a festival where dressing in costume and drinking are not only allowable but encouraged. Then there are others- images that mark tradition, rites of passage, protests,
points of conflict, and instances of social contradiction, but whatever Wolberg captures is eloquent.
There is a straight-forwardness to the works that are in-line with a career which began in photojournalism. We can now be sure this
Wall Street Journal Reviewearly work was practice for both an awareness of the moment and study for the means to maintain
a respect for his subjects.
Though Wolberg often takes the intimacies of
communities, their rights and rituals as subjects, the work is more infused with poetics than politics.
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