b. 1969 Lithuania
Angelika Sher’s series 13 is steeped in vibrant color and uncanny hues; these photographs draw the viewer into playful staging, tableaux vivants, populated by her children and their friends. Filled with the everyday adventures of childhood, narrative and time are oddly suspended as these images transform into photographic theater.
“What is a family if not a miniature of the universe, upon its large bodies attracting the little ones, with worlds created out of black holes and particles that either summon or reject each other according to electric charge? The observation of evolving coordinates’ systems, moving chaotically in daily routine, is a prerogative of the housewife. Inspecting the family upon the entropy that governs it, the supposedly clear boundary of banality begins to melt, and each moment captured by the camera records the mutual distancing of the galaxies about to come.” — Angelika Sher, 2009
“The chromatic range of Sher’s photographs are tight, cold, barely saturated, melancholy. The “present” in the pieces is also the “absent.” Childhood, with its familiar attributes, is absent, its place taken by a mature presence, devoid of childlike spontaneity; a conscious, considered visibility, achieved by careful planning and meticulous execution, made familiar by Baroque painters such as Caravaggio or Velasquez, who excelled in transporting reality into the realm of the sublime. The critical distancing and the sexual presence of the objects bring to mind a much later reference, that of Balthus’s paintings of young girls: disturbing, anxious, seductive, and enigmatic.” (Yair Barak, 2009)
Angelika Sher studied photography at the Kiriat Ono Photography School and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Notable solo exhibitions include: Reartuno Gallery, Brescia, Italy; Pobeda Gallery, Moscow in conjunction with the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; and “My Mother’s Fur Coat,” Ramat Gan Museum, Israel.