Yaakov Israel and Kathleen Robbins
The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey
Into the Flatland
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.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Consulate General of Israel and the Dean’s Office of the School of the Arts, College of Charleston.

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 has a BFA from the Department of Photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Since 2004 he has been teaching photography at art and photography schools and colleges in Israel including the Bezalel Academy.

His work has been the subject of solo and group shows which were exhibited in museums and galleries in Israel and internationally. Solo exhibition venues include: Centro de Arte Alcobendas; Czech Centre, Prague; Impressions Gallery, Bradford, England; Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp; Margaret Street Gallery, London; La Maison de la Photographie, Toulon; OSLO 8 Gallery, Basel; The Architecture House Gallery, Jaffa; The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai; and the Haifa Museum of Art.

He was selected Winner of the PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos PHE12 Award, as one of the three winners of the Conscientious portfolio competition, and a Critical Mass finalist, Top 50 by Photolucida. His photographs are in the collections of The Knesset (Israel’s house of parliament), Haifa Museum of Art, The Open Museum of Photography at Tel-Hai, and Ashdod Art Museum. His first monograph The Quest for the Man on the White Donkey was recently published by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam. Yaakov Israel is represented by Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp and Oslo 8 contemporary photography in Basel.

To learn more, visit www.yaakovisrael.com

Kathleen Robbins
Into the Flatland

Kathleen Robbins was born in Washington DC and raised in the Mississippi Delta.  Robbins received her MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2001. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums including The New Orleans Photo Alliance, The Light Factory Museum of Contemporary Photography & Film, The Weatherspoon Museum, John Michael Kohler Art Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Addison Gallery of American Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography.  Robbins’ work has also been featured by Fraction Magazine, Flak Photo, Conscientious, Humble Arts New York, NPR’s Picture Show, PDN’s Photo of the Day, Oxford American, and Garden and Gun.  She is represented by the Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston. In 2012, she was part of the Critical Mass top 50 and she was the recipient of the 2011 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

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