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Adi Nes
(1966 - living) Israel

Adi Nes

Photographer

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Born in Kiryat Gat to immigrant parents from Iran, Adi was attracted to painting, but was planning to pursue a more practical career in communications, media, and art after the army. When he decided to enroll in Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (where he now teaches part-time) he couldn't decide on a main focus for his studies. He settled on photography, an area he says he chose out of confusion.

Adi is best known for his photographs of Israeli boys and soldiers. In 2003 he did a feature for Vogue Hommes. Adi has given solo exhibitions at the wexner center for the arts, Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Melkweg Gallery in Amsterdam, among others. His work has also shown in group exhibitions at the Hotel de Sully in Paris and the Jewish Museum in New York, among many others. He has been reviewed in The New York Times, the Financial Times, and others. In 2005 he was chosen as an outstanding artist of the prestigious Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.

Being a secular gay man of Middle Eastern descent, Adi appears to put his own sense of being lost in Israeli society in each work, with photos often dealing with his own personal issues of identity.

Adi's early work has been characterized as subverting the stereotype of the masculine Israeli man by using homoeroticism and sleeping, vulnerable figures. He regularly uses dark-skinned Israeli models. The models' poses often evoke the Baroque period. Nes has said that the inspiration for his photography is partially autobiographica.

He lives and works in Tel Aviv. His work is currently sold through Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City. In January 2007, he premiered a new series echoing Biblical stories

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