Prix de la photo Camera Clara

Edition 2021


Roei Greenberg , prizewinner

English Encounters

« The rural walk is a well-known English cultural practice. Though it may be civil, the act of walking itself is rooted in an ideology from my own cultural background; to walk the land is to know the land, and therefore suggests belonging, entitlement and ownership. I begin to survey the English countryside, becoming familiar with the island’s geography, an act of mapping that refers to imperial and colonial histories.

Pertaining to Romanticism, I appropriate the visual rules of the picturesque; traditionally used to create an illusion of social and natural harmony. The dramatic light and weather conditions combined with forensic attention to details and on-site interventions intend to provoke the ambiguous feelings of seduction and alienation. Poetic and alluring yet tinged with irony, the images seek to disrupt traditional modes of representation in a place where land ownership and social hierarchy have shaped the form and perception of the landscape for centuries ».

Roei Greenberg

Roei Greenberg (1985) is a London based - Israeli artist. He grew up on a Kibbutz, located on the northern Israeli border with Lebanon and moved to Tel Aviv in 2019, where he completed a BA Photography in 2013. After years of investigating the Israeli landscape, He moved to the UK in 2018 and in his search for a new subject matter, found himself once again drawn to questions of land and power, belonging and legitimacy.

Greenberg’s photographic practice is concerned with landscape as a complex intersection between culture, geography and autobiography. The effects of human activity on land, political borders and ecology are amongst the issues investigated in his work. His use of large format camera and film creates a multi-layered photographic perspective; pictorial and alluring yet seeking to disrupt traditional modes of landscape representation.

Greenberg’s work has received vast recognition and exposure, showing in museums and galleries such as: Aperture Gallery, South London Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, The Benaki Museum, the Israel Museum and Webber Gallery, to name a few. His work was nominated and awarded repeatedly over the past years. He was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2019, and his recent body of work entitled English Encounters, was selected by Professor Andreas Gursky, when invited to curate his selection from the RCA 2020 graduates. He was recently invited by The National Gallery to contribute to an event celebrating Constable’s work.

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