Miki Kratsman: People I Met
University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa, FL
August 20–December 8, 2018

For three decades, Miki Kratsman has been among the leading chroniclers of life in the Israeli-occupied territories. His photographs—many of them documentary images taken during his career as a  press photographer for the Israeli newspapers Hadashot and Haaretz—uncover personal stories while revealing the violent, often detached nature of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. While trying to answer the question “What happened to the people in the photographs?” Kratsman amassed a vast archive of more than 9,000 portraits of anonymous Palestinians, first uploaded onto a dedicated Facebook page in 2011.

Organized by USFCAM curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Fauné, People I Met was Kratsman’s largest U.S. exhibition to date, raising questions about the culture of representation, and continues USFCAM’s tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. Alongside the People I Met portrait archive, the show brought together work from Kratsman’s Bedouin Archive, his Displaced series, the 2017 video titled 70 Meters…White T-shirt and several tabletop photographic panoramas of “unrecognized” villages demolished by the Israeli government.