Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins
Aug 23 – Oct 4, 2014

The Halsey Institute opens the 2014 fall season with two photography exhibitions including work by Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins. Both exhibitions are curated by Mark Sloan, Director and Chief Curator at the Halsey Institute.

The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey, by Yaakov Israel, consists of 42 images, printed in various sizes. Inspired by the Orthodox Jewish tradition of the Messiah (the Prophet) who will arrive riding on a white donkey, this 10-year photographic project features portraits and landscapes made in Israel. This project is the result of Yaakov Israel’s search for a deeper understanding of his country and an attempt to relay his personal experiences on the Israeli reality with a broader sense of belonging to the global human collective.

Into the Flatland, by Kathleen Robbins, is a series of photographs documenting the land, people, and culture of the Mississippi Delta. The artist returned to her ancestral home as an adult in 2001 after completing graduate studies in New Mexico. She and her brother lived on the farm for nearly two years, breathing life back into family properties that had been long dormant.

Yaakov Israel
The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey

Yaakov Israel was born in 1974 in Jerusalem, Israel where he lives and works. He graduated in 2002 (BFA) with honors from the Department of Photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Since 2004, he has been teaching photography at some of the most prominent art and photography schools and colleges in Israel including the Bezalel Academy.

To learn more, visit www.yaakovisrael.com

Kathleen Robbins
Into the Flatland

Kathleen Robbins received her BA from Millsaps College and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her photographs have been exhibited in venues such as The Light Factory Museum of Contemporary Photography & Film, Rayko Gallery, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She is represented by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta. In 2011, she was the recipient of the PhotoNOLA Review Prize. She currently resides in Columbia, SC with her husband Ben and their son Asher, where she is an associate professor of art, coordinator of the photography program, and affiliate faculty of southern studies at the University of South Carolina.

To learn more, visit www.kathleen-robbins.com

Community Partners 2014