Mohammad (Nazareth, Muslim)
|"Eighteen is an artistic point of contact serving as an invitation to get closer. A project aimed at reconciliation through understanding and respect. An inside view by one who is typically regarded as an outsider. If I, a Jewish-Israeli man, have been accepted and was allowed into my subjects’ personal lives – so can others."–Natan Dvir
“Although I grew up and spent most of my photographic career in Israel, I came to realize I did not truly know or understand its Arab society - over a fifth of the population consisting of hundreds of thousands of families who stayed within Israelʼs borders after it was established in 1948. This large minority, which is currently experiencing a challenging identity crisis, has been somewhat forgotten amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a highly political environment I became interested in the stories of these people living as a minority in a country defined by its majority’s religion.”-- Natan Dvir
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The subjects for the series Eighteen, by Israeli photographer Natan Dvir, are 18-year-old Arabs living in Israel. Turning 18 is a critical turning point in their young lives: they have finished school, become legal adults, and achieved the right to vote. Yet unlike their Jewish peers, most do not enter military service. They are members of a minority group which comprises more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. As a photographer born and raised in Israel, Dvir undertook this project to better understand the experience of Arabs coming of age in a country defined by the majority’s religion: “By photographing and portraying my so-called ‘enemy,’ I hope to highlight the impact that cultural and internal conflict have had on these young people, personally and collectively. I chose to photograph my subjects in their close surroundings . . . attempting to reveal the social context within which they live." –Natan Dvir
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Natan Dvir is an Israeli photographer who focuses on the human aspects of political, social and cultural issues. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (NY). He is based in New York City and photographs around the world for Polaris Images. His work was published by numerous international magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Glamour, Le Monde, Journal de Dimanche, Stern, Focus, Die Zeit, Corriere Della Sera, Die Weltwoche and Wallpaper.
Dvir has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, South America and Israel including at the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland); Blue Sky Gallery; Festival de la Luz, Buenos Aires; the Jewish Community Center in New York; The War Museum, Croatia; Central European House for Photography, Slovakia; Schneider Gallery (Chicago); Museo de Antioquia (Medellin); Christie’s (London); Kultur Bahnhof Eller (Düsseldorf); the Museum of Contemporary Israeli Art and at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His work has received recognition wining many prizes including the Photo District News (PDN) Annual, American Photography Award, New York Photography Festival Award, Critical Mass top 50, Black and White Spider Award, and the Picture of the Year Award in the Israeli press.
“This project promotes self-reflection and encourages viewers to contemplate their own beliefs, or the ideals of their communities, and the intensity with which belief affects their actions and way of life." -- Natan Dvir
The project Eighteen was made possible with the support of the Other Israel Film Festival.
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All images are Dye Coupler prints (Type C color).
|Mohannad (Biane, Muslim)||Hanan (Abu Grinath, Bedouin)||Mohammad (Haifa, Muslim)|
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