Michal Chelbin’s exhibition “Strangely Familiar” opened at the PRC early September and continues through October 31st.
She will be give a public lecture on OCTOBER 19th at 7 pm in room #206 of the Photonics Building, 8 Saint Mary’s Street in Boston.
From the Photographic Resource Center’s e-blast:
Michal Chelbin, Jenya in My Hotel Room, Ukraine, 2005 color coupler print
“Because I shoot portraits I can say that people are my first inspiration. They are intriguing, mysterious, and unsolved.”
—Michal Chelbin (from 9/4/2008 interview on Nymphoto)
“Michal Chelbin (born 1974, Haifa, Israel) started making pictures when she was 15, and honed her skills as a photographer during her compulsory service in the Israeli military. Following four years of study in Haifa, Chelbin began pursuing personal photographic projects and traveled in Russia, Ukraine, England, and Israel making the portraits that appear in Strangely Familiar (also the title of her 2008 Aperture monograph; The Black Eye, her new book, is forthcoming from Twin Palms). The body of work on display at the PRC this fall demonstrates Chelbin’s search for those displaying a “legendary” quality, which she describes as “a mix between odd and ordinary.”
Her photographs depict mostly young people who carry their livelihoods with them, often in the very form or function of their bodies. Her subjects are members of itinerant companies— dancers, acrobats, and carnival attractions—and athletes. Chelbin’s work, typically made of individuals in off-stage repose, reflects both the intensity of their pursuits and the fatigue engendered by being constantly on the road and almost always on display. Her photographs are staged, in the sense of being made by arrangement between artists and subject, but not manipulated or otherwise altered post-exposure.
Exhibition organized in collaboration with Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City.”