We invite you to explore the many lenses of Israel through the eyes of the award winning photographer, Gillian Laub;  gallery owner and Israeli photography expert, Andrea Meislin; and Executive Director of Artis, Yael Reinharz.

Gillian Laub is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in comparative literature before studying photography at the International Center of Photography, where her love of visual storytelling and family narratives began. Laub’s first monograph, Testimony (Aperture 2007), began as a response to the media coverage during the second intifada in the Middle East, and a desire to create a dialogue between apparent enemies.  This work is comprised of portraits and testimonies from Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, Lebanese, and Palestinians all directly and indirectly affected by the complicated geopolitical context in which they lived. Laub spent over a decade working in Georgia exploring issues of lingering racism in the American South. This work became Laub’s first feature length, directed and produced, documentary film, Southern Rites that premiered on HBO. Laub has been interviewed on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Good Morning America, Times Talks and numerous others.  Laub contributes to many publications including TIME and The New York Times Magazine. Her work is collected and exhibited internationally.

Andrea Meislin has enjoyed a distinguished career as an art historian, writer, independent curator, and gallerist. From 2004 to 2016, she owned Andrea Meislin Gallery, located in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The Gallery presented work by significant emerging Israeli artists, as well as internationally established artists who had not shown in New York, interspersed with history-based photographs about or from Israel. Prior to that, she served as an independent research associate at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Associate Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem. Ms. Meislin received a B.A. from Skidmore College, New York, and an M.A. in art history from the University of Arizona.

Yael Reinharz is the Executive Director at  Artis, a New York/Israel-based nonprofit that works to call attention to the careers of Israeli contemporary artists. By developing programs and grants designed to bring such art to an international audience, from giving Israeli artists grants to travel the world to bringing art tastemakers on tours of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to helping international institutions acquire Israeli art through targeted donations. Reinharz proves once and for all that Israel has more to offer than political strife. Reinharz, started at Artis after a career at Creative Time, Matthew Marks Gallery, and other top New York organizations.

Photo Credit : Elaine Goldman