To help kick off their 2018 season, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College will present a powerful photography exhibition titled “This Place” in collaboration with three other New York State museums. The exhibition, which explores the personal and public spaces in Israel and the West Bank, will open on February 3rd with an opening reception.
What Is “This Place?”
“This Place” is the result of a project conceived by French photographer Frederic Brenner back in 2005. Brenner felt that the news media representations of Israel and the West Bank were often too polarized and didn’t offer a true representation of the region’s current state. In response, he had an idea to create a diverse visual portrait of this much-contested land with the help of photographers.
The end goal of “This Place” was to find a space between journalism and art that would illuminate one’s perspective on images of this place.
As such, twelve photographers (who lived outside Israel) became involved in the project and visited the West Bank from 2009 to 2012. Each photographer took their own approach to exploring life and the ongoing issues in the region, and by the end of their trips, tens of thousands of digital images had been taken.
A Collaborative Exhibition
The Tang Teaching Museum is leading a four-campus exhibition of “This Place” starting on February 3rd, 2018. While The Tang presents work by four of the twelve photographers, museums at Colgate University, Hamilton College, and UAlbany will feature other pieces of the exhibition. Those four photographers will include Wendy Ewald, Gilles Peress, Stephen Shore, and Nick Waplington.
The exhibition will be on display from February 3 through April 22, 2018. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to attend public programs that focus on “This Place” in the coming weeks and months.
Visit the Tang this season and see how each photographer’s perspective differs!