One of Israel’s most acclaimed photographers, Kratsman has been covering the West Bank and Gaza as a photographer for the Israeli newspapers Ha'aretz and Hadashot for over 30 years. He has devoted his career to documenting the evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its consequences on the daily life of the Palestinian population. Rather than focusing his lens on extreme violence or cataclysmic events, Kratsman’s accumulation of the quotidian moments and emotions that constitute daily life—celebrations and funerals, demonstrations, rage, anger, hope, memory, revolt, hatred, and acceptance—constitute a penetrating and disquieting visual record of the occupation. His wide-ranging projects, which include incisive depictions of checkpoints, settlements, the native Bedouin population, the military and the psychological effects of surveillance reflect the photographer’s contention that his work should not only document the world that he sees, but should also be used as a tool to change it.
Presented by Artis in partnership with the School of Visual Arts, and the International Center for Photography. Introduced by Steven Henry Madoff, chair of MA Curatorial Practice, School of Visual Arts, and followed by a conversation between the artist and Maya Benton, curator at the International Center of Photography.