DIJKSTRA, Rineke. Israel Portraits. (Herzliya) and [Tel Aviv]: Herzliya Museum of Art and Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery), (2001).
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(Herzliya) and [Tel Aviv]: Herzliya Museum of Art and Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery), (2001).
4to (264 × 213 mm), pp.44. 17 colour photographs. Design by Mevis & van Deursen. Plain endpapers. Colour photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, text in black; light toning to page edges, light rubbing to rear board. Near-fine.
First edition. In 1998 Dijkstra was invited by the Herzliya Museum of Art to exhibit her photographs of teenagers and children on the beach, together with the video installation The Buzzclub/Mysteryworld. Whilst there she began to conceive a new series of portraits of young Israeli men and women at the start of their national service. In the preface she writes: ‘In my work, I look for specific characteristics of individual people within group settings. In Israel, I consciously choose soldiers because the army plays such a prominent role in Israeli society. Moreover, military service implies that one has to submit to a collective identity. There is always a tension, however, between the values of the individual an the values of a community. I am interested in the paradox between identity and uniformity, in the power and vulnerability of each individual and each group. It is this paradox that I try to visualize by concentrating on poses, attitudes, gestures and gazes.’