Shai Kremer

January 6, 2011 - January 30, 2011

The Separation Wall, Jerusalem
2004
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Palestinian olive trees beheaded
2007
Lambda print
26" X 104"

Image © Shai Kremer

Trench 'Chicago' Ground Force Training Zone
2007
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Former ammunition storage area
2001
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Burned olive trees and Katyusha crater, Lebanon War
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

US military ammunition storage next to Nashonim
Lambda print
33.75" X 89.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

International Military Ground Force Training Base - Replica of an Arab Village, Zeelim
Lambda print
27" X 99.5"

Image © Shai Kremer

Soldiers' viewing platform, Israel/Lebanon border
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Air Force training target, Big Rivers Nature Reserve
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Dromology - Palestinian woman and child, West Bank
Lambda print
30.5" X 40.25"

Image © Shai Kremer

Shai Kremer

Infected Landscapes

Interested in the lasting effects of the military on the natural environment of Israel and its inhabitants, photographer Shai Kremer created his color series, “Infected Landscape,” between 2001 and 2006 as an attempt to document the visible traces of military violence in the war-torn country.

Israeli-born Kremer describes the project as “a seven year metaphoric portrayal of the military disfiguration of the Israeli landscape,” aiming to “reveal how every piece of land has become infected with loaded sediments of the ongoing conflict.” In Kremer’s photographs, the wounded, infected landscape becomes a stand-in for the war-torn lives of people on both sides.

Kremer takes neither a pro-Israeli nor a pro-Palestinian stand. Rather, he aims to make the point that people are part of the earth, and any wound on the environment is also a wound on the human condition.

Born in Israel in 1974, Shai Kremer currently divides his time between Israel, France, and the U.S. He earned a BA in photography from the Camera Obscura School of Arts, Tel Aviv, and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Julie Saul Gallery, New York (2009), the Houston Center for Photography (2009), and the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco (2008), as well as in numerous group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, and Israel. Recent awards include First Place in Landscape Photography at Edut Mekomit (Local Testimony) (2007) and the PhotoFolio Review Prize at Recontres Photographiques D’Arles (2007). Kremer’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum, Harvard University, and Brandeis University, among others. His images have appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Afterimage, and NO Magazine. Infected Landscape was published as a monograph by Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK, in 2008.