‘I was born in Jerusalem and spent most of my life in my hometown town of Maale Adummim. Between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, on a limestone hill at the edge of the Judean mountains my perception of the world got its shape. After 18 years of preparations I’ve joined the army for a mandatory service of 3 years. I started my service as a paratrooper and followed my father’s footsteps and also my Grandfather’s, Kurt (Arie), who fled Austria to Israel after the Kristallnacht, was a British Brigades soldier during WWII and later served in the Israeli Army. In the fall of 2007, only 4 months after finishing my army service, I began my B.A studies in Photography, at Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem. After graduating in 2011 I moved to New York, where I worked as a security officer for the Israeli aviation for nearly 4 years. In the fall of 2012, and during my work at JFK airtport, I started an MFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts, which I graduated from in 2014.
Ever since I can remember it was photographs who introduced me to and informed me of my personal and collective past or present realities that are inaccessible or out of reach. Photographs had visually mapped reality. A broken promise we made to ourselves looking up to the medium as a neutral reflection of what visibly exists. We treat photographs as hard evidence, and to the extent that we find ourselves considering what is real to be different from how it should be according to its own image. Since the inception of photography, reality gradually became augmented by its own reflection. I am focusing my work at this point of friction.’