The success of Adi Nes’s "ctional photographic portraits: "gures of alterity and the utilization of memories in visual self-portraiture

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Carrie Bettel


Abstract. Bettel Carrie, The success of Adi Nes’s fictional photographic portraits: figures of alterity and the utilization of memories in visual self-portraiture. “Images” vol. XXV, no. 34. Poznań 2019. Adam Mickiewicz University Press. Pp. 45–55. ISSN 1731-450X. DOI 10.14746/i.2019.34.03.

This paper demonstrates the way an autobiographer shapes his/her identity in the creation of his/her narrative. The autobiographer’s struggle in his/her understanding of the self is sometimes evident in the work. This project focuses specifically on the work of Adi Nes, an Israeli photographer. His photographs demonstrate the ways in which he feels like an outsider in Israel, as both a member of the Sephardic community and a homosexual. His photographs are staged, and he uses figures of alterity by projecting himself into his images with the use of models, which may lead the viewer to question the referentiality, or truthfulness, of each image. While demonstrating his identity through personal experience and memories, his images are created in the context of a stratified society, demonstrating the power dynamics of the military and the different groups that reside within Israel. The paper draws on images from three series – “Boys” (2000), “Soldiers” (1994–2000) and “Prisoners” (2000).


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Bettel, C. (2019). The success of Adi Nes’s "ctional photographic portraits: "gures of alterity and the utilization of memories in visual self-portraiture. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 25(34), 45-55.
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Carrie Bettel, Wydział Humanistyczny Uniwersytetu York w Toronto

doktorantka na Wydziale Humanistycznym Uniwersytetu York w Toronto. Na poziomie studiów licencjackich zajmowała się sztuką żydowską, studia magisterskie ukończyła na Uniwersytecie Hebrajskim, zajmując się sztuką izraelską. Przygotowuje rozprawę doktorską na temat powiązań literatury i filmu w sztuce izraelskiej.


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