Miki Kratsman Untitled 2012 Silkscreen, 50 x 71 cm. 3 editions of 33 (blue, green, and peach) Price: 750 NIS
This image was taken from Kratsman’s celebrated oeuvre as a photojournalist and turned into an arresting work of fine art. In the print, a Palestinian man stands blindfolded, awaiting interrogation by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in the Palestinian Territories. Singling out the figure from his surrounding context emphasizes his inability to see, and erases any references with which viewers can situate him, highlighting the painful daily alienation many Palestinians experience. The harsh political situation is brought in contrast with the colorful pastel background that hints at the larger world beyond. Miki Kratsman was born in 1959 in Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1971. He is one of Israel’s most distinguished photographers, and has exhibited his work at the 2003 Venice Biennale; Martin Grupios Bau; the 2006 Sao Paulo Biennale; MARCO, Vigo; The Jewish Museum, New York; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago; Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB); Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum; The Jewish Museum Amsterdam; The Jewish Museum, Frankfurt; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Germany; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Dusseldorf; Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem; ARCOMadrid; and Witte de With, Rotterdam.