In Between Portraits of Teenagers Around the World
The Schneider Gallery is pleased to present the work of Natan Dvir and Rania Matar. These two photographers have as much in common as they risk to have in conflict; Dvir was born in
In Dvir’s project, Eighteen, he crosses to “the other side” to photograph Arab citizens of
When paralleled their work reveals the similarity of young people everywhere. These adolescents are caught between child and adult; their personalities appear to be forming before our eyes. Some seem calm, confidant, or even off in a dream, while others appear defiant, severe, even contemptuous. These differences at times rest within the nature of the frame itself, particularly with the inherent baggage of Jewish Israeli photographer in the private space of an Arab Israeli teen, though it is not always the case. One of Matar’s American teens dressed in an oversized sweeter and torn black stockings twirls her red hair and stares at us with cool defiance from the foot of her closet door. Even if they remain guarded, trust in the other, the outsider, the adult, must be given by every subject to the photographer.
While each photographer takes a different approach and vantage what their work does together is of tremendous power. We come away with a certainty in the universal make-up of teens. Despite geographic, cultural, or religious differences is the underlying reality of shared experience- the search for self identity and need for sanctuary.
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