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Between 2009 and 2011, Martin Kollar spent extended periods of time working and living in Israel, building a photographic dossier on one of the most contentious geographical zones of modern history.
Field Trip establishes an opaque representation of the life and landscape of Israel. Military presence looms heavily and the images are punctuated with anxiety. Butchered animals combine with uncertain portraits of Israeli residents and leave the viewer unclear where the military landscape ends and the civilian land begins.
Field Trip is a monograph part of a larger project called 'This Place'. This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers (Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, Nick Waplington).
Initiated by Frédéric Brenner, the project follows in the tradition of such projects as the Mission Héliographique in 19th-century France and the Farm Security Administration in the United States, which gathered artists who use photography to ask essential questions about culture, society and the inner lives of individuals. MACK will publish all 12 monographs as well as an exhibtion catalogue in 2014.
'Field Trip' won the 2014 Oskar Barnack Award.
About the Photographer:
Martin Kollar was born in Zilina, Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovak Republic). He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he graduated. He has received several grants and awards, including the Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland. His work has been widely exhibited, including at 'Maison Européenne de la Photographie' (Paris), the 'Rencontres d’Arles' in France, Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin and MOCA in Shanghai. He had previously published Nothing Special (2008) and Cahier (2011). Field Trip is his 3rd photobook.
Published by MACK in October 2013
76 pages, 20 cm x 25 cm
Hardcover with tipped-in image