Adi Nes, Israeli-born half Kurdish half Iranian gay photographer gives you a gay look of the Middle East...
This is what he has to say about his work:
“My staged photographs are oversized and often recall well-known scenes from Art History and Western Civilization combined with personal experiences based on my life as a gay youth growing up in a small town on the periphery of Israeli society.”
And th OK Centre in Austria, where his works were shown, reviewed them thus:
"Meticulously staged photography, a wealth of details and references. In a tradition similar to Jeff Wall, Nes composes densely charged photographic tableaus: scenes from the life of a soldier and from the everyday life of young (Mizrahim) men, whose bodies show beauty, passivity and vulnerability. In addition to its inscription in the visual cultural history of the west and of Israel, Nes is interested in the subversion of the ideal of male Zionist bodies through references to homosexually connoted images and to the Jews of Arab origins."
Adi Nes belongs to the artist generation of the nineties, who especially address issues of gender identity. Some of these young artists take a post-Zionist approach that is expressed in the destruction of myths and other "sacred cows" in relation to the Israeli army.
Adi was born in 1966, studied photography from 1989 to 1992 at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. From 1996 to 1997 he studied multimedia at the Sivan Computer School, Department of Multimedia & Programming in Tel Aviv.