ITAMAR FREED

 

Itamar Freed, Dead Sea, 2012, 75×110 cm

 

Itamar Freed’s intensive photographs deal with the tension between enticement and rejection, between outer covering and essence, and between life and death.  He reveals the dark forces concealed and bubbling up below the surface of reality, that threaten to explode its apparent tranquility.

In his hyper-realistic portrait photographs, he attempts to crack open the essence of the portrait, to peel off the layers and to create transparency, by placing emphasis on skin blemishes, scars and capillaries, which constitute for him an invitation to invasion and intimacy beyond those layers.  He observes closer and closer until the portrait is no longer identifiable as such, until it fractures into abstract pieces.

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Itamar Freed

Born in Manhattan, New York, 1987.

Lives and works in Modi’in, Israel.

 

Education

2012     B.F.A , Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Department of Photography, Jerusalem

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015

No Time, Ramat-Gan Museum for Israeli Art, Ramat Gan, Israel (Curator: Ayelet HaShachar Cohen)

Birds of Paradise, Gitler &___, New York, NY

2014

Birds of Paradise, Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv (Curator: Yham Hameiri)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Nord Art – International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany

2014

The International Photography Festival, Rishon Lezion, Israel

2013

Bread & Roses, Castiel Gallery, Tel Aviv

Surface currents (Participating artists: Uri Gershoni, Itamar Freed, Anna Yam, Roy Cooper, Liat Elbling), Feinberg Projects, Tel Aviv (Curator: Yham Hameiri)

Memory, “indie” Gallery, Tel Aviv

Promising Artist in 2013 (Calcalist) , Tel Aviv

Inventory, Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv

2012

OBJECTS (Participating artists: Itamar Freed, Uri Gershoni, Adi Nes, Daniel Tsal), Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv. (Curator: Daniel Tsal)

UNDER, Bezalel Gallery, Jerusalem

2011

Under the surface (Duo Exhibition), Out Of Frame Gallery, Modiin

 

Prizes and Awards

2012

“EPSON” first prize Award winner for excellence in the art of photography, Israel

 

Feature Shoot Blog
Mythical Scenes Capture the Bond Between Humans and Birds (NSFW) by Ellyn Kail.
March 13, 2015
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Haaretz
Tal Niv on Itamar Freed’s photograph ‘Red View’.
September 19, 2014

 

Haaretz
Tal Niv on Itamar Freed’s photograph ‘Man & Crows in the Olive Grove’.
September 12, 2014

 

Haaretz
‘Birds of Paradise’ – Recommended exhibition.
September 4, 2014

 

Wall Street International
A preview for Itamar Freed’s solo show ‘Birds of Paradise’.
August 27, 2014
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Haaretz
Itamar Freed on Haaretz Photography Blog.
August 20, 2014
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Time Out
An interview with Itamar Freed in TimeOut.
June 13, 2013

 

Haaretz
A review by Karin Levit on Itamar Freed’s “Dead Sea” photograph.
April 30, 2013