Ori Gersht: sleepless nights
On View April 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017
April 19 – May 21, 2017
CRG Gallery is pleased to present sleepless nights, Ori Gersht’s tenth solo exhibition with the gallery, from April 19 to May 21, 2017. Sleepless nights assembles eight waterscape images from two distinct bodies of work; Hide and Seek-If Not Now When, 2008, and Floating World, 2016. Each series questions the link between place, identity, and memory connected to a specific site, where water is the pervading element of transformation.
Hide and Seek-If Not Now When was photographed around the Sobibór extermination camp, on the border of Poland and Ukraine—a region that both Gersht and his wife have familial ties to.
The photographs that comprise Ori Gersht’s recent series Floating World were taken in the 16th Century zen gardens located in and around Kyoto, Japan. One of the ideas shaping these landscapes is that the world perceived by the senses is entirely illusory. Illusion is emphasized by Gersht’s post-production process of fusing and inverting the images and reflections. Perception is stalled. The waterscape—part material, part virtual—reflects a physical and spiritual displacement that resonates with Gersht’s personal history.
With each locale, Gersht asks: “does land carry a memory for the events acted upon it.” The photographs in sleepless nights reflect Gersht’s interest in the remembering and forgetting of historical events tied to place, and how the human experience of loss, pain, and social fracture inform our sense of belonging.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1967, Gersht received a bachelor’s degree in photography, film and video at the University of Westminster, London, and a master’s degree in photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Gersht has had solo exhibitions at such prestigious institutions as Tate Britain, London; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, CT; and The Jewish Museum, New York, NY. Gersht’s work is included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Israel Museum, Jerusalem. In 2015 Gersht was shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Pictet. He currently lives and works in London.