Born in 1967, the Israeli artist studied photography, film and video at the University of Westminster in London, and received his Master’s degree in Photography at Royal College of Art. He currently teaches photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Rochester, England.
He mainly engages themes of life, death, violence and beauty. He transcribes images of sites of historical importance into ciphers of psychological disruption through photography and film. These seemingly ordinary places open up passwords in our minds to create feelings of war and violence, but especially violence.
Recently, in his still life series, he has recreated the image of the past using cutting-edge technology. He transforms a peaceful image into a massacre by creating a dialogue between stable and active and peaceful and violent. We can see allusions to the catastrophic violence of the French Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the suicide bombs that Gersht anticipated during his childhood in Israel in this work reminding us of the fragility of life.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, his works have been exhibited in museums and galleries and have brought him many awards.
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