One can very often think of my work as an unresolved series of interaction between man and nature. A theme that has become historically embedded in our culture.
Often influenced by historical materials and artists of the past, both my portraiture and landscape equally concern with human condition and emotion. Man looks as if he is liable to disintegrate into the background of the image. It is this feeling of isolation, powerlessness and ambivalent atmosphere that I portray. I do this by showing states of emotional tension, vulnerability, and unease with psychological insight.
I am never wholly taken over by the desire to photograph what it is being seen immediately in front of me, nor treating my subjects in an entirely naturalistic fashion, but using color and composition almost expressionistically; to manifest the intensity of feeling that I sense and attempts to convey to the viewer.
The essential questions of emotion and the visual impression that my works give merely emphasizes the conflict, the strength and the weakness of a particular setting. The image I form comes out in the process of work, where words become redundant.
Lior Herchkovitz, born 1972, Tel - Aviv Israel
2006 - current - Lives and works in Tel – Aviv Israel
2003 - 2006 Lives in Poznan, Warsaw Poland
1996 - 2003 Lives and works in The Hague, Amsterdam The Netherlands
1996 – 2000 The Royal Academy of Art The Hague, The Netherlands, B.F.A Degree, photography dep.
2018 'Conversation with the Body' MACT/CACT Museo & Centro Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona Switzerland, curator: Mario Casanova (Group).
2017 'Verleihung der narrenkappe. Being and Expressing: Reflecting on Degeneration in Contemporary Art. Lyricism and Brutality for an Uncelebrated Anniversary'.
Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri and MACT/CACT Museo & Centro Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona Switzerland. Curated by Mario Casanova, Mattia Desogus and Carole Haensler Huguet (Group, Catalogue).
2016 'Come Closer: Experimenting with a Wunderkammer of Vanities', MACT/CACT Museo & Centro Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona Switzerland, curator: Mario Casanova (Group, Catalogue).
2016 'Universum', International Photo Festival Jaffa, Israel, curator: Sharon Toval (Group, Catalogue).
2014 'Secret Art 7', Leumi Bank Tel Aviv Israel, curators: Esti Drori, Doron Polak (Event).
2013 'Past / Present Progressive', Lern - und Gedenkort Jawne Commission, LVR - Landeshaus,Cologne Germany (Solo, Catalogue).
(A part of the exhibition "Children will leave at 5:13. Remembering the Expulsion of Polish Jews and the'Kindertransport' 1938/39").
2013 'Intervals', Minshar for Art, Minshar Gallery (Group).
2009 'Tel Aviv Time', Tel Aviv Museum of Art, curator: Nili Goren (Group, Catalogue).
2009 Fresh Paint, Tel Aviv Israel, curator: Yifat Gurion Ofer (Art Fair, Catalogue).
2008 Biennale Bogota 08', curator: Max Steven Grossman (Catalogue).
2008 'Extra' Moseo de Arte Bogota Colombia, curator: Santiago Rueda Fajardo.
2007 'Photoby' / BBDO Gallery, Czech Republic (Solo, Catalogue).
2003 'Disguise' Edison Gallery, The Hague The Netherlands, curator: Tom de Brey (Solo).
2003 International Photo Festival Naarden The Netherlands (Solo).
2001 'Real Images in an Illusory World', Edison Gallery The Hague, The Netherlands, curator: Tom de Brey (Solo).
Awards and Grants
2011 - 2012 Artist Teacher Award, Ministry of Culture, Israel
2010 - 2011 Artist in Community Award, Ministry of Culture, Israel
2005 - Grant for an outstanding artist, Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, Israel
2003 - PANL #12 Annual Awards 2003, Winner Category Autonomous Member Choice, The Netherlands
2000 - Den Haag Burgemeester stipendium voor Kunst, The Netherlands
1999 - Grant for non-EU/EER national Fine Art student, The Netherlands
Books and Catalogues
Time Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, exhibition catalogues, p. 70 - 71
Fresh Paint 2, Art Fair, p. 29
Biennale Bogota 08', p. 50
Kunst in Den Haag by I.B. van Creveld, "De Nieuwe Haagsche Publisher 2001", p. 214 - 216, ISBN 978-90727-66823 (Dutch)
PANL Photography Annual of the Netherlands, PANL #12 Annual Awards 2003, category - Member Choice, 2003, p.131, ISBN 90-806287-3-5
Ha'aretz Photoblog, February 2016 (Web, Israeli)
Serge.se, #0911, 2009 (Web, Swedish)
Picnic Magazine / volume #3, September 2008
Picnic Magazine / volume #2, p. 380, November 2007
Fluid #44 / W tym szczegolnym momencie (At this Particular Moment) / Cover, selection of images, p. 56 – 63, ISSN 1641-1978, ISSUE 44, 08/09 2004 (Polish)
Review, article and interview
LandEscape Art Review | The Anniversary Edition, January 2017 (Review, English)
Pozytyw / DAZAC Do PERFEKCJI (Striving for Perfection) / Interview by Krzystof Miekus, selection of images, p. 86 - 93, ISSN 1507-4137, issue 8, August 2004 (Interview, Polish)
NIW Agenda / Real images in an Illusory World, p. 16, March 2001 (Review, Dutch)
NIW Fotonummer / Herchkovitz laat zien wat jij niet ziet (Herchkovitz shows what you do not see). An interview by Birgitta Tillman, p. 13 -15, December 2000 (Interview, Dutch)
Private Collections - Israel and Europe