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Kobi Israel (Israeli, b.1970)
LOT ID: 82627
Untitled (Cuba 1 – Angelic Reflection), 2006

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
32 х 40 in. (81.28 x 101.6 cm.)
Signed
Print/Casting Year 2006
Edition 4/5
Lot description
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The current work is part of Kobi Israel’s Cuba series in which the artist documents his travels to Cuba - an island deeply isolated and in economic crisis. The works explore the confusing paradox between the masculine machismo of the island and the homoerotic undercurrent the photographer discovered.

Born in 1970 in a suburb of Tel-Aviv to parents of Moroccan and Egyptian origin, Kobi Israel began his exploration of photography in 1994 when he was a flight attendant. His camera was always with him, he immortalized his experiences around the world, as can be seen in his early works.

In 1996, he studied cinematography at the New York Film Academy. He then returned to Tel-Aviv for a five-year program in Cinematography and Still Photography at Camera Obscura, the school of visual arts in Tel-Aviv, graduating in 2001.

In 2002 after a brief stint in Madrid, Kobi settled in London, where he started working on a series of photography and mixed-media bodies of work exploring the multiple layers of human identity and the quest for self-definition. This project is divided into evolving chapters of experience: physical, mental and emotional. Each chapter opens a window to the artist’s realm revealing an aspect of his personal quest for a tangible identity mingled with an intense desire for self-knowledge and self-acceptance.
Kobi’s work has received worldwide critical acclaim and recognition from a number of prestigious publications and awards. Among others, he was granted the “Judges Choice” Award at the Association of Photographers 2003 Open Exhibition and was selected as a finalist in the “Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2003” at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Untitled (Cuba 1 – Angelic Reflection) by Kobi Israel
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