Paris Photo, 10-14/11/2021

Delighted to participate in Paris Photo 2021 with Podbielski Contemporary
Featuring Blurred Edges
– A dialogue between Giulio di Sturco , Loredana Nemes and Yuval Yairi
(10 November 2021: VIP Preview) Booth A27, Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris

© Yuval Yairi / Cloud Mapping #9534, 2021 / 50 x 70 cm
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Feminine Difference – group exhibition @ Haifa Museum of Art

Opening: Saturday, 05.09.20, 10:00, until 31.12.20

Curator: Limor Alpern Zered

Yuval Yairi / Simon’s Secret, 2004 (from Forevermore)

The artistic and cultural discourse includes a broad discussion of womanhood and feminism – mostly concerning issues of the feminine body and the patriarchal gaze directed at it. Now – with many reports of violence against women during the coronavirus crisis – this issue has become more prominent and pressing.

This exhibition seeks to focus the viewers’ gaze on the domestic feminine space, which functions as a kind of “micro-territory.” It presents a spectrum of experiences, ranging from protection and intimacy to discomfort and subversiveness. Today we still live in a culture that delimits the experience of space according to gender. Like the woman’s body, her space is sensitive and vulnerable, defined by distinctions between inside and outside and by an organized system of acceptance and rejection, permission and prohibition.

The discussion of feminine space is related to Freud’s famous essay, “The Uncanny” (1919). This essay addresses the transformation of the familiar, intimate, and homely into a source of discomfort and strangeness that stirs fear and anxiety, precisely because of its familiar aspects. Freud, who identified the home with the maternal body, argued that the womb is nothing but the “gate to one’s old homeland […] the old, familiar feeling of homeliness, but also the sign of repression.” According to Freud, the womb is the main source of the polar opposition between the familiar and the strange, an opposition that threatens man’s identity. What was once homely and intimate becomes, for the child, mysterious and dark as he separates from the mother.

Feminist psychoanalytic discourse tends to see Freud’s essay in a critical light, since it excludes feminine experience, addressing only the world of the masculine subject. For women engaged in this discourse, processes of separation between mother and child and the consolidation of a separate sexual identity can be accompanied by feelings of compassion and respect, and not just anxiety and strangeness.

The works presented in this exhibition focus on the landscapes of the woman’s home and their physical and emotional contents – looking from the inside out and the outside in. The woman’s image is sometimes evident; at other times it is an absent presence. The works offer a profound contemplation of life itself – of spaces that suggest the ambivalence of closeness and strangeness, desire and fear, subject and object. They feature earthy yet symbolic objects, such as a bed, a sofa, windows, and various home utensils. These objects create an intimate and familiar scenery, while at the same time pushing us away, generating a tense and enigmatic atmosphere charged with different associations. The works sometimes offer a subversive reading that expresses the essence of womanhood in terms of liminal situations of instability and collapse in the most familiar places.

Participating artists: Hamutal Attar, Oded Balilty, Lilach Bar-Ami, Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger, Martha Rieger, Angelika Sher, Inbal Waldman Ben, Yuval Yairi

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Protests in Jerusalem

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طلعة ونزلة الجيل Up and Down the Mountain במעלה ובמורד ההר

The New Gallery Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem


Photo: Hila Yassan Smolyanski

The exhibition Up and Down the Mountain is devoted to contemporary local photography, focused on the fundamental link between the artist’s own biography and his or her photographic oeuvre. The exhibition’s basic assumption is that the artist’s personal narrative exists, among other elements, in the space between reality and its representations. This is a significant element in creating the genetic code generating the artist’s subjective observation of objective reality. The artist’s unique perspective is reflected not only in the selection of the subject of the photograph, but in a series of choices accompanying each and every photographic act: choice of camera, format, lens, perspective, and the other elements comprising the final image.

The total of all of the personal gazes making up the current exhibition depict locale, a land, a path, from the lowland, and up and down the mountain. It is neither a circuit nor an entire route, but an act of marking out and coming back, characterizing many of the projects from which the works on view were selected. It is from the biography of each participating artist that the return is derived, the need to come back and make a photograph at the same place, again and again, to return and make more and more careful observations from the site. It is only in this way that the subjects of the photograph are transformed, transitioning from their existence in an average mundane location to existing in a particular, differentiated way.

The repetition leads to the subject of the photograph being severed from its time and place, whether it is landscape, place, or object. This constant return characterizes all of the photographs on view, which do not focus on the culture or history of the subject but in the way in which it activates the artist. This is photography that embodies the past and present simultaneously: it is direct, seemingly flat, yet reflects the photographer’s inner world. The works on view differ greatly from one another, yet in all of them, photography is the means of making a subjective experience come into being and delineate the exclusivity of that experience.

Curator: Etty Schwartz

Artists: David Adika, Ruth Agassi, Boaz Aharonovitch, Ron Amir, Einat Arif-Galanti, Oded Balilty, Michal Bar Or, Rea Ben David, Ariel Hacohen, Youval Hai, Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, Yaakov Israel, Ronit Porat, Eldad Rafaeli, Baruch Rafiach, Michal Rovner, Gustavo Sagorsky, Hadas Satt, Etty Schwartz, Meir Wigoder, Pavel Wolberg, Sharon Yaari, Yuval Yairi, Keren Zaltz 

المعرض الحالي طلعة ونزلة الجيل مُكرّس للتصوير المحلي المعاصر، ويركّز على ماهية العلاقة بين السيرة الذاتية للمصور وعملية التصوير التي يقوم بها. الفرضية الأساسية للأعمال في المعرض هي أن بين الواقع وتمثيلاته ثمّة، ضمن أمور أخرى، قصة شخصية للمصور. وهذا عنصر مهم في تشكيل الشيفرة الوراثية التي تنمو منها تأملاته الذاتية في الواقع الموضوعي، تأملات فريدة يتم التعبير عنها ليس عبر اختيار موضوع التصوير فحسب، يل أيضًا عبر سلسلة الخيارات المرافقة لعمل التصوير: اختيار الكاميرا، الاطار، العدسة، المنظور وبقية مركبات التصوير.

مجموعة النظرات الشخصية الوافرة التي تُركّب المعرض ترسم مكانًا، بلدًا، طريقًا. من المنخفض، وطلعة الجبل والعودة. ليس مسارًا دائريًا، كاملًا، بل فعل من التأشير والتكرار، الذي يميّز العديد من المشاريع التي تم اختيار الأعمال من ضمنها. السيرة الذاتية لكل واحد وواحدة من الفنّانين والفنّانات المشاركين هي التي تولّد التكرار، حاجة العودة وتصوير الماكن نفسه مرة تلو المرة، والعودة للتأمل به أكثر وأكثر. فقط هكذا تتحول موضوعات التصوير وتنتقل من وجودها في مكانها الحالي، اليومي، إلى وجودها الفريد المميّز.

يؤدي التكرار إلى انعتاق موضوعة التصوير- المنظر الطبيعي، المكان أو الكائن – عن الزمن والحيّز المتواجد فيهما. وهذا يميّز جميع الصور المشاركة في المعرض، فهي لا تتمحور في ثقافة أو تاريخ موضوعة التصوير، بل في الطريقة التي تعمل فيها على تشغيل الفنّان أو الفنّانة. إنه تصوير يتواجد داخله الماضي والحاضر في الوقت نفسه، تصوير مباشر، كأنه مسطّح لوهلة، ومع ذلك فهو يعكس العامل الداخلي للمصور. تختلف الصور المشاركة في المعرض الواحدة عن الأخرى، ولكن فيها كلها يشكل التصوير وسيلة لتكوين تجرية شخصية وتخطيطها الحصري.

أمينة المعرض: إيتي شڤارتس

المشاركون في المعرض: روتي أچاسي, بوعاز أهرونوڤيتش, عوديد باليلطي, ريع بن داڤيد, ميخال بار أور, أريئيل هكوهن, پاڤيل ولبيرغ, مائير ويچودير, كيرن زالتس, يوڤال حاي, يوڤال يائير, شرون يعاري, يعقوب يسرائيل, غوستاڤو سچورسكي, هداس سات, داڤيد عديقا, رون عمير, عينات عريف چلانتي, رونيت پورات, غوستون تسڤي أيسكوبيتش, ميخال بار أور, إلداد رفائيلي, باروخ رفياح, إيتي شڤارتس 

התערוכה במעלה ובמורד ההר מוקדשת לצילום מקומי עכשווי, ומתמקדת במהות הקשר בין הביוגרפיה של האמן ובין מעשה הצילום שלו. הנחת היסוד של העבודות בתערוכה היא שבין המציאות לייצוגים שלה נמצא, בין היתר, סיפורו האישי של הצלם. זהו מרכיב משמעותי ביצירת הקוד הגנטי שממנו צומחת ההתבוננות הסובייקטיבית שלו במציאות האובייקטיבית, התבוננות ייחודית הבאה לידי ביטוי לא רק בבחירת מושא הצילום אלא גם בסדרת הבחירות המלוות כל מעשה צילומי: בחירת המצלמה, הפורמט, העדשה, הפרספקטיבה ושאר מרכיבי הצילום. 

שלל המבטים האישיים המרכיבים את התערוכה מציירים מקום, ארץ, דרך. מן השפלה, במעלה ההר ובחזרה. זהו אינו מסלול מעגלי, שלם, אלא פעולה של סימון וחזרה, המאפיינת רבים מהפרויקטים שמתוכם נבחרו העבודות. הביוגרפיה של כל אחד ואחת מהאמנים המשתתפים היא המולידה את החזרה, את הצורך לחזור ולצלם באותו המקום שוב ושוב, לחזור ולהתבונן בו עוד ועוד. רק כך מותמרים מושאי הצילום ועוברים מקיומם במקומם המצוי, היומיומי, אל קיומם הפרטיקולרי, הנבדל.   

החזרתיות מובילה לניתוקו של מושא הצילום – נוף, מקום או אובייקט – מהזמן והמרחב שהוא נתון בו. היא מאפיינת את כל התצלומים המופיעים בתערוכה, הם אינם מתמקדים בתרבות או בהיסטוריה של מושא הצילום אלא באופן שבו הוא מפעיל את האמן או האמנית. זהו צילום המקיים בתוכו את העבר ואת ההווה בו בזמן, צילום ישיר, שטוח לכאורה, ויחד עם זאת משקף את עולמו הפנימי של הצלם. העבודות המוצגות בתערוכה שונות מאוד זו מזו, אך בכולן משמש הצילום אמצעי להתהוות חוויה סובייקטיבית ולרישום האקסקלוסיביות שלה.

אוצרת: אתי שוורץ

אמנים: רותי אגסי, בעז אהרונוביץ׳, עודד בלילטי, רע בן דוד, מיכל בראור, אריאל הכהן, פבל וולברג, מאיר ויגודר, קרן זלץ, יובל חי, יובל יאירי, שרון יערי, יעקב ישראל, גוסטבו סגורסקי, הדס סט, דוד עדיקא, רון עמיר, עינת עריף גלנטי, רונית פורת, גסטון צבי איזקוביץ׳, מיכל רובנר, אלדד רפאלי, ברוך רפיח, אתי שוורץ

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artgenève 2020 with Fabienne Levy, Jan. 30 – Feb. 2

Booth c47, showing with Andrea Galvani and Vikenti Komitski (photo © Guillaume Baeriswyl)

Andrea Galvani, Vikenti Komitski, Yuval Yairi – Fabienne Levy

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“J20” – Group exhibition @ Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

Opening January 2, 2020


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Cyphers & Cypresses

Yuval Yairi’s solo exhibition opening at Fabienne Levy, Lausanne, Switzerland, December 4, 2019

Objective Space / 2019 / 197 x 158 cm

The exhibition is composed of the first two chapters of a trilogy in progress, featuring photography, drawings and an intervention on the walls. The show is accompanied by a short film that portrays the artist’s work process.

In the first chapter, Yuval adopted the semi-fictional figure of a “surveyor” as a partner and a vision aid for examining his surroundings and for introspection and personal soul searching, as he tries to come to terms with certain episodes of his past.

With the help of the surveyor, Yairi revisited experiences from his military service, confronting unresolved ethical and moral questions. He formulated a coded language and with symbolic actions and objects, he expressed thoughts and feelings about these experiences, which he cannot share publicly.

In the current chapter, Yairi shifts away from the contemplation of his personal experience towards a broader and multifaceted examination, which reflects many perspectives about the state and future of the Israeli space, in a personal, political, and geographical context. He chooses the cypress tree as a measuring tool and a symbol of memory, as a sensor that collects data about its environment.

Each of Yuval’s works starts from direct photography, capturing a moment of truth or reality.. Out of thousands of such photographs, he recomposes on an extensive grid all the fragments of time in the virtual space of a computer. He strings together non-sequential times, events, and places into a timeless photograph.

The exhibition accompanied with text by Ilanit Konopny

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work in progress…

salt glass
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Unseen Amsterdam 2018


Looking forward to participating in Unseen Amsterdam
with Podbielski Contemporary
Westergasfabriek, 21–23 sept. 2018

Yuval Yairi Cypher of Cypress Tree


Yuval Yairi – draft – work in progress

© Yuval Yairi 2018   יובל יאירי
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Photo London 2018

17 MAY 2018 – 20 MAY 2018

Podbielski Contemporary & Ncontemporary present:
Naomi Leshem / Matan Ashkenazy / Ohad Matalon / Yuval Yairi
Yuval Yairi / Topographic Study, 2015 (detail)


photo london 2018

Photo London (Podbielski Contemporary & Ncontemporary booth)
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