Glass Mountains + Sabra Traces
On View Jan 3-Mar 1, 2018
The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery is thrilled to present the work of Oded Balilty for his first New York exhibit. Balilty is the first and only Israeli photographer to win the Pulitzer Prize which he was awarded for work he did for the The Associated Press in 2007. His photojournalism has taken him all over the world and his fine art photography has been exhibited widely in Israel and Europe. This exhibition features two of Balilty's ongoing series: Glass Mountains and Sabra Traces.
Glass Mountains focuses on the circular journey that takes places at Phoenicia Glass Works, a glass manufacturer outside the small town, Yeruham, in the Negev. With great beauty, and a contemporary aesthetic, Balilty captures the massive amounts of defected and discarded glass that create stunning mountains of color and texture in an otherwise arid environment.
Sabra Traces documents the prickly pear bush which grows all over the country and symbolically represents the native-born Israeli. However the plant, which has become synonymous with Israeli-rootedness, was in fact introduced to the region in the fifteenth century. Balilty's images capture the plant's beauty and draw attention to how the plant has become nearly invisible due to it's pervasiveness in both the symbolic and tangible landscape of the country.