Kobi Israel

Kobi Israel has been represented by Hamiltons Gallery for ten years. Israel’s highly saturated pictures are a window into the personal experiences of the photographer.

Kobi Israel
Untitled , 2005
Chromogenic print
23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.
© Kobi Israel

Promised Lands is a three-part series, where Kobi Israel encourages the viewer to join him in an exploration of their inner selves through the uncertain meanings of the 'Promised Land'.

 

"Through my explorations as a photographer and traveler, I discovered that each one of us has a 'Promised Land' of his own or rather a collection of 'Promised Lands'. These comprise encapsulated dreams, hopes and memories which form part of the psychological and mythical life of our imagination and aspiraion.", Kobi Israel.

 

The first series Canaan represents the 'collective tale'. Inspired by the heroic stories from bible lessons as a child, these works capture the artist's impression of how the ancient Israelites felt when they reached Canaan after forty years in the desert.

 

America, the second series, symbolises the 'family tale' and reminisces about the journey Israel's immigrant parents made to New York in search of a better life and the 'American Dream'.

 

The last series Hampstead, depicts the 'personal tale' through serene scenes from Hampstead Heath in London, completely devoid of people. The Heath is recognised as a cruising site for gay men which represents, to Israel, a place of promised pleasure and potential, but unrequited, love.