Tel Aviv, Israel
About Alexander Mendelevich
I was born in 07/12/1979 in the North Caucasus in Russia, studied for four interesting years at Bezalel Academy of art and design in Jerusalem, and for the last few years I create in Tel Aviv.
Once, I read somewhere the Chinese definition of imagery. They define imagery as follows: there are three mirrors, which reflect the people. The first is how you see yourself, the second is how others see you and the third mirror reflects the truth. I like to imagine that the third mirror is the camera.
It's impressive how much information can be accommodated in a single static image. It can be some event that, at the moment of the shooting, has already occurred, or is happening right now, or will happen in a few minutes. We can see different meaningful details, some emotions that stay or pain that continuous in a still image. It is also possible to show the absence of something, by an appropriate frame staging.
Around us there is plenty of tension, plenty of drama, plenty of love and humor, a lot of people, and each of them is the hero of their own lives and experiences a unique and yet common experience of life.
I am trying to translate this information into an image, to sculpt it, to create my relation with it, to show how I see it. It's important for me to be open and be able to see what is usually taken for granted, which means to learn how to discern the flow of an individual life, the subtleties and deviations, and try to combine them, to manipulate their different components: objects, symbols, history, prejudice and personal experience. With these tools possible to make your point of view because still image starts from the mind, and the camera only registers it in the physical world.
I try to bring a situation to the brink of absurdity and to combine it with staged photography, which can allow me to work outside of the conventional frame, to shatter "stuck thinking" and to release a universal human emotion that's within all of us.
I want to create the space where I ask questions and play with options for answers. If I have in the frame some strong stereotype or some strong symbol, I try to neutralize it, to show it in absurd light, it helps me to be free from definition and meaning, and to put it at the background, like a part of history, like a fact, a life condition, and to combine it with ordinary things, to build new connections. Regular representation doesn’t work for me and doesn’t speak to me, because it became a kind of model, a pattern, and a format that is in our heads. It’s coming from education, publicity, magazines, TV and what else. There are models of how sadness and happiness look, how beauty looks, how you should look when you are depressed.
So, to feel the difference between what feels true and what doesn't, to see what works, to pass thresholds and cross borders, I use overstatement, like this distortion, and I connect it to everyday situations.
People on my photographs are searching, examining and experiencing, trying to understand, to feel and to find a basis, find answers, find themselves. A twist in the image and a reality that looks different but in a normal situation with normal objects – on the one hand it's a way to cope with and unclear and uncomfortable reality and on the other – a painless method to sink in their own safe and personal world.
I offer to touch a situation – emotionally, through a mix of details, symbols, places, people, meanings and feelings.
Exhibitions, awards and publications :
2014 - The International Photography Festival, Israel
2013 - Essay in Burn Magazine is curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey
2013 - Publication of portfolio in photography-now.com
2012 - Burn in Print , Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
2012 - Photo Essay in Union Station Magazine
2012 - “Speaking Without Tongues”, Texas State University, USA
2011 - Publication in The tremendous family
2011 - Terminal Third Annual Short Video Festival, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
2011 - “Rodina”, Piramida Gallery, Haifa
2011 - “The exercise #1 in photography -a point of meeting”, The new gallery of the institute to the art, Bat-Yam
2011 - “Interception of time” , The workshop to the art, Ramat-Eliayhu
2010 –Finalist of Emerging Photographer Fund 2010 by Burn Magazine , curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey
2010 – Concurso fotográfico septenio 2010, third prize, photography competition of Canary Islands
2010 –“Facing fear”, Gallery of Arts in Korca and National Gallery of Arts inTirana, Albania
2009 –Wiesbadener Fototage, Festival of staged photography Aktives Museum Spiegelgasse fur Deutsch-Judische Geschichte in Wiesbaden
2009 –Essay in Burn Magazine is curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey
2009 –"Secret art 3", Beit Mani Gallery, Tel Aviv2008
2009- Japan Media Arts Festival, "Outside", Excellence Prize, Art
Division, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2008 - Prize of Lorin and Mitchell Presser for excellence in photography
2008 –Scholarship by The America-Israel Cultural Foundation
2008 -"Model range", Stella art foundation, Moscow
2008 –"Jerusalem ghost",Thenew gallery, Jerusalem
2006 "Mitzpe", Barbur gallery, Jerusalem
2006 –"Holon now" The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon
Upcoming exhibition: The International Photography Festival, Israel
Double Bib Exhibit
About Double Bib
Photography is song that's about the beauty and drama that can be noticed in everyday routine life, different people and their subtleties, lives full of objects and relationships. There are thousands of moments, thorough our everyday lives, which make us aware to our senses. Common meal is a universal family ritual. This is a family portrait. I wanted to make it true and deep, throwing overboard postures depicting idyllic happy family life. I’d like to show relationships and interdependencies using double bib as a table, a kind of field of family life, a place of meetings and discussions, index income families, role distribution and childhood memories. I offer to touch a situation – emotionally, through a mix of details, symbols, places, people, meanings and feelings.
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