AYALA GAZIT – ARTIST RESEARCH

  • As suggested in my initial presentation, this Artist seems relevant to my work, detailing a deeper psychological concept alongside images that although don’t seem to be very relevant to my current ideas in the project, the idea of looking at ‘dreams’ does.
  • These images show a depth that is heartbreaking, the titles that go alongside the images let the viewer make unconscious and slightly uncomfortable decisions about the work, but the magical and soft quality takes over, a sense of confusion showing itself.

WAS IT A DREAM – AYALA GAZIT 

Was it a Dream – Lensculture

“This work is my attempt to create a portrait of my brother whom I will never meet — photographing the “unphotographable” by following the traces and echoes of his existence.”

‘I was born in Israel in 1984, raised by an American mother and an Israeli father.

When I was 12 years old my father told me that I have an older brother named James, who lives in Australia. My father and James at the point had been sending each other letters for a number of years, however they had yet to meet or hear one another’s voice.

I was uncomfortable being the eldest grandchild on both sides of my family,

I became obsessed with the possibility of an older brother.

I never had the chance to meet James, he committed suicide in October 1996.

This work is my attempt to create a portrait of my brother whom I will never meet — photographing the “unphotographable” by following the traces and echoes of his existence after his passing.

Thanks to the Tierney Fellowship I received in 2009, I traveled across Australia to meet James’s family, who thankfully accepted me as one of their own.

The work I created consists of family snapshots, letters and quotes from conversations, alongside my own images taken in Israel and Australia.’

Stairway, 2010 © Ayala Gazit
Stairway
Dream, 2009 © Ayala Gazit
Dream
Savta 2010 © Ayala Gazit
Savta
Hung to Dry, 2009 © Ayala Gazit
Hung to Dry
The Letter, 2009 © Ayala Gazit
The Letter 

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