Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2019
Curator: Maya Frenkel Tene
“Surrealism lies at the heart of the photographic enterprise: in the very creation of a duplicate world, of a reality in the second degree, narrower but more dramatic than the one perceived by natural vision.” This is how Susan Sontag described photography, before the digital age and photoshop. Surrealism is at the basis of Liat Elbling’s photographic practice – since early on, when she wandered with her camera in peripheral “Bneh Beitcha” neighborhoods capturing hundreds of images of houses, and up to her current works, in which she herself creates the reality of the photographs on her studio worktable. Elbling constantly moves between in- and outside, the real and the imagined, documentation and representation...