Shai Kremer

(Tel Aviv 7.1.1974 -)


Shai Kremer is an Israeli conceptual photographer whose work has generated worldwide critical acclaim. Kremer’s Perception series, explores the subliminal effects of our individual psychology that influences our interpretation and perception of the powerful and mysterious imagery the artist creates in his studio. Earlier projects include his multi-year series of large scale works, Concrete Abstract, that offer a look at the reconstruction effort at the site of the World Trade Center through the use of multiple image overlays that span the construction from 2001 to 2012. Kremer’s 2010 series, Notes From the Edges, concentrates on views of New York from its perimeter, emphasizing the dichotomy of destruction and reconstruction. Kremer focused his lens on the lesser-known landscapes that exist in the periphery, where the urban structure begins to decay and rejoin with nature. His early series, Infected Landscape and Fallen Empires, examined contested territories throughout Israel where the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has left an indelible imprint on both the land and the psyche of its inhabitants.

Shai Kremer was born in Israel and now lives and works in New York. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern, London in 2010; Looking In, Looking Out: The Window in Art at the Israel Museum in 2010; Reality Check at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2008, the 2007 Guangzhou Photo Biennale in Canton, China; Loaded Landscape at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL in 2007, Engagement-Contemporary Photography at the Israel Art Museum in Jerusalem in 2007, and Disengagement at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel in 2006. His photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Israel Art Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, among others. There are two monographs of Kremer’s work: Fallen Empires (2011) and Infected Landscape: Israel, Broken Promised Land (2008), both published by Dewi Lewis Publishing.