Gabriel Benaim Photography Born in 1969 in Panama City, Panama. Lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Project DescriptionI photograph in order to learn something new about what's in front of me. The process of photographing is, for me, one of discovering visual interest in the myriad forms presented to us, and of overcoming the habits that make our perceptions grow dull. Against Duchamp, I believe in retinal art, and attempt in my work to avoid preconceptions and formulas. For me, the visual is primary, and I expect any work of art, especially my own, to stand on its own visually, without recourse to an intellectual or even conceptual scheme. Following Duchamp, I do see in the Ready-made a paradigm for how one should approach photography, in the sense that photographing creates a new version of an existing subject. The act of framing transposes a commonplace object into a work of art, if done successfully, and this transposition is for me the point of photographing. In doing this, every square inch of the photograph is important. I want the viewer to explore the whole composition, to take in the inter-relations and tensions inherent in the view I've chosen. In this sense, no part is more important than any other, and where something is placed relative to the frame is more important than what it is. It is, in large part, this attention to the whole frame which coaxes the viewer, in turn, to navigate from one element to the next, and to then appreciate the visual relationships present.
Exhibitions (Excerpt)2010, Center for Fine Art Photography, "Water" juried exhibition, Fort Collins, CO
2009, Onward 09 juried exhibition, Project Basho, Philadelphia
2009, Apug Group Show, Fraction Magazine, Online