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Elisheva Gavra (b. 1992) received her B.A in art history from Tel Aviv University and MFA (photo concentration) from Columbia University.
Her practice centers on creating images through photography and writing, in an approach guided by relationality—where practicing portrait photography is intervening between self and reality(other). Her approach is informed by critical theories of postcolonialism and postcapitalism, turning to mechanical image making as a vehicle of navigation. Drawing on the desire that formed photography, to unite feelings and truth, her photographs and writing are experiments at registering a self out of noise. Her studio practice interrogates visual representation and indexicality, until they admit to tensions of authorship and authority, indoctrination and emancipation.
Currently, her subjects include an examination of her personal history in the case of the Hasidic community she grew up in. Utilizing street photography as a tool to speculate or enact a return and the image as then evidence of a failure.
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