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Yair Barak (1973-)

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  • Yair Barak b. 1973

Yair Barak Biography

YAIR BARAK -
Born 1973 - works in Tel Aviv - artist, curator, writer

Over more than a decade Yair Barak has established a complicated syntax, set up as a visual ontology. working around the boundaries of photography, he consistently deals with notion on power mechanisms, Modernity and the roots of western cultures

In Regarding history, Barak raises questions about the history of nature, cultural agencies and conflicts. Immersion is a dark notion on the architectural discourse of modernism Plagiarism & revolutions is an orchestral installation, carrying notions on classicism, modernity and cultural appropriations. In Barak's time based work (the mansion, ein grosses has, Mach mehr als kunst, lost & found) the artist uses an indexical method. The static camera is pointed towards iconic signifiers of duality and controversy.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010's

Moving away from something he stares at, Tel Aviv Museum of Art .curator: Nili Goren, ‘14

Speaking Generally, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv, '14

The whole truth at Gowen contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland, ‘13

The winners, Ashdod museum of art, the culture ministry awards, ‘13

New directions #2, 6 solo exhibitions at the Mani house, Tel Aviv .curator: Smadar Shefi, ‘13

Plagiarism & revolutions at Dan gallery, Tel Aviv. curator: Ravit Harari, ‘12

Immersion, at Dan Gallery, Tel Aviv, ‘11

Regarding history, at Tavi-Dresdner gallery, tel Aviv, ‘10



2000's

Midnight frost,at the Kibbutz Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Curator:Yaniv Shapira, ‘07

Earth works, at Haifa Museum of Art. Curator: Yehudit Matzkel, ‘05

Getaways, at Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, ‘03


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010's

Under Erasure, a group show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, curtor: Irith Hadar, ‘14

Spolia, a group show at the Haifa Museum of Art, curtor: Orit Bulgaru, ‘14

Black box, a group show at the POV festival Jaffa port, curtor: Rami Maymon, ‘12

The under toad, CCA gallery, Tel Aviv. curator: Doron Adar, ‘12

Making room, new acquisitions at the Tel Aviv museum of art curator: Nili Goren, ‘12

2012, group show at Zemack gallery, Tel-Aviv, ‘12

Orozco was here, Bezalel Academy of art & design gallery, Tel Aviv,Curator: Ruti Director, ‘10

Body of evidence, Mika gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Liav Mizrahi, ‘10

Works from an archive, a joint show with Orit Raff at the Tivon Art Gallery.Curator: Taly Cohen Garbuz, ‘10



2000's

My camp, group show in Dolinger Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Liav Mizrahi, ‘09

In the same breath, Tavi-Dresdner Gallery Tel Aviv, curator: Yael Yudkovik, ‘09

Explosion, Contemporarry Israeli Art, Free studios, Geneve.Curator: Keren Bar Gil, ‘09

Tel Aviv time, 2009, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Curator: Nily Goren, ‘09

Dialoge, Yair Barak & Ohad Matalon in the Midrasha gallery, Beit-Berl, ‘08

Engagement, Group exhibition at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.Curator:Nissan Perez, ‘07

Explosive, Herzlya Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘07

Miss america, Inbal Yona Levi at the Artist’s House, Jerusalem (curator), ‘07

The third generation – Photography as an Identity Crisis, Minshar Gallery,Tel Aviv (curator), ‘06

Present now, Reding power station, Tel Aviv. Curator: Tal Ben-Zvi, ‘06

The deceit of the outskirts, solo exhibition at the Ben-Gurion UniversityBe’er-Sheba. Curator: Haim Maor, ‘04

Men in blue and white, Camera Obscura Gallery, Tel Aviv (curator), ‘04

The Jacques and Genya Ohana Collection of Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, ‘03

Dwelling unit, a two artist’s project, the Architect’s House Gallery, Jaffa.Curator:Shelly Cohen, ‘01


COLLECTIONS
Tel Aviv Museum of art

Haifa Museum of art

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Herzlya museum of contemporary art

Shoken Collection

Leumi Bank, Israel

Hapoalim Bank, Israel

Shpilman institute for photography

Privet Collections

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AWARDS
2012 Israel’s Minister of Culture ‘Art Encouragement’ Award

2010 artist-teacher fellowship, the ministry of culture and sports

2002 sharet prize of the America-Israel cultural foundation

2000 sharet prize of the America-Israel cultural foundation



TEACHING

2013 works and teaches in Tel-Aviv.

Chair of studio arts studies, the school of art & design, Seminar Hakibutzim college, Tel Aviv

Faculty: Minshar for art, Tel Aviv – the department of photography

Hakibutzim Seminar, department of art & new media

Collman college – the department of interior design



ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Chair of studio arts studies – Hakibuzim seminar, Tel-Aviv

2005 – 2007 Chair, Photography department, Minshar School of Art, Tel Aviv

2001 – 2005 teaching at Camera Obscura school of art, Tel Aviv & director of theexternal studies unit



STUDIES

2008 studied for MFA, Bard College, New York

2000 Excellently graduates the department of photography, Camera Obscura schoolof Art,Tel-Aviv

1996 – 1997 Architecture Department, Bezalel Academy of art and design, Jerusalem



SELECTED PUBLICATIONS BY YAIR BARAK

2010's

Regarding the emperors new clothes, text for Assaf Shacham’s solo show at Tempo-rubato, Tel Aviv. '12
Abdominal syndrome, Exhibition text for Orit Raff’s show in Noga gallery, Tel Aviv, '10


2000's

The far has never been so near – Thoughts after angelica Sher’s 13, text for the, '09
Moscow bienale
Topography, text at the Tavi-Dresdner Gallery, Tel Aviv, '09
Exposed photography – on Yaacov Israel’s show -habitus, Exhibition catalog, '07
Schizophrenia of photography, Annan Zukerman’s Eliezer Blum project, Exhibition catalog, '07
Postcards, Masmerim magazine, – Yair Barak about his own works, '06
Memory of the sea, on Gaston zvi Iskowitz’s work in the Heder Gallery, Tel Aviv, '06



SELECTED REVIEWS ON BARAK'S WORK

2010's

The rolling stones, a crtic on plagiarism & revolutions by Hilla Brener, Hair, ‘13

The thief is dismissed, an interview after plagiarism & revolutions, Time outmagazine, Ruth Patir, ‘12

Dreams & chimnies – critic by Smadar Shefi, Haaretz daily, '12

The white elephant and the concrete monster, haaretz daily, Ellie Armon Azullay, '11

The gaze turns inside, studio visit, haaretz daily, Ellie Armon Azullay, '11

The nature of things, critic after regarding history in Tavi-Dresdner gallery by Smadar Sheffi, '10

The history of art, critic after regarding history in Tavi-Dresdner gallery by Hilla Shkolnik Brener, '10



2000's

Afterimage, Vol.35 , The abused landscape: The works of young IsraeliPhotographers. Article by Yochay Rosen, '07

The departure of the real Ynet website, , After Yair Barak’s midnight frost,interview by Taly Cohen Garbuz, '07

Variations on a still life, midnight frost catalog, , text by Dalia Markovich andKtzia Alon, '07

White Foam over black sea, midnight frost catalog, , text by Yaniv Shapira, '07

Flags all over the country, Yedioth Achronot Daily, Critic by Ruti Director, '07

Local Order, Hai’r Tel-aviv, , critic by Hemda Rosenbaum, '07

Photographed article Time Out magazine, critic by Dana Shwaffi, '07

Seperation, the politics of territorial Seperation In Israel, a book by Shelly Cohenand Haim Yaacobi, '06

Photography is dead, long live photography! Haaretz Daily, Critic by Uzi Tzur, '06

The snowy mountain is a gravel hill, Haaretz daily, article by Dana Gilerman, '05
YAIR BARAK, THE FARM (VALLEY FORGE)
2008, pigment print, edition of 5, 30x45 cm.
YAIR BARAK, SPEAKING GENERALLY
2014, pigment print, edition of 5, 89x53 cm.
YAIR BARAK, THE BOYS
2014, pigment print, edition of 5, 179x110 cm.
YAIR BARAK, INSTALLATION VIEW
YAIR BARAK, CORVETTE (VALLEY FORGE)
2008, pigment print, edition of 5, total 59x47 cm.
YAIR BARAK, CONCLAVE
2014, HD video still, edition of 3
YAIR BARAK, JET D'EAU
2014, pigment print, edition of 5, 129x87 cm.
YAIR BARAK, MODERN FLARES#3 (NEUE NATIONALGALERIE)
2011, archival pigment print, 100x110 cm.
YAIR BARAK, ATLAS
2012, archival pigment print, 80x100 cm.
YAIR BARAK, THE SADDEST PIECE OF STONE
2012, archival pigment print ,120x180 cm.
YAIR BARAK, MOTION BLUR#2
2012, archival pigment print, 70x90 cm.
YAIR BARAK, SHE WAS THE FIRST TO UNDERSTAND
2012, archival pigment print, diptych 110x150 cm.
YAIR BARAK, MODERN FLARES#2, (GLASS HOUSE)
2011, archival pigment print, 70x100 cm.
YAIR BARAK, MISSING MIES (AFTER JE BOUCHER)
2011, archival pigment print, 70x100 cm.
YAIR BARAK, MACH MEHR ALS KUNST
2011, video still
YAIR BARAK, ARENA
2011, archival pigment print, 70x90 cm.
YAIR BARAK, EIN GROSSES HAUS
2010, video still
YAIR BARAK, PSYCHOANALYST`S ARM
2010, archival pigment print, 35x45 cm.
YAIR BARAK, REAL ESTATE
2010, archival pigment print, 110x150 cm.
YAIR BARAK, EAGLE`S NEST
2008, archival pigment print, 18x24 cm.
YAIR BARAK, A BOOK BY ITS COVER (OVAL)
2008, archival pigment print, 24x32 cm.
YAIR BARAK, A BOOK BY ITS COVER (WILD)
2008, archival pigment print, 26x38 cm.
YAIR BARAK, THE MANSION
2008, video still
YAIR BARAK, THE FOLD
2008, archival pigment print, 45x55 cm.
YAIR BARAK, TROPIC
2007, archival pigment print, 90x100 cm.
YAIR BARAK, BLACKSEA
2006, archival pigment print, 60x120 cm.
YAIR BARAK, DEATH SEA
2006, archival pigment print, 70x90 cm.
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