Miki Kratsman: People I Met
For three decades, Miki Kratsman has been one of the leading chroniclers of life in the Israeli-occupied territories. His photographs—many of them documentary images taken during a previous life as a press photographer for the Israeli newspapers Hadashotand Haaretz—uncover personal stories while revealing the violent, often detached nature of Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. While trying to answer the question “What happened to the people in the photographs?,” Kratsman amassed a vast archive of more than 9,000 portraits of anonymous Palestinians, which he first uploaded onto a dedicated Facebook page in 2011. The USFCAM installation materializes the artist’s growing portrait archive together with identifying commentary that, in some cases, serves as a literal proof of life—or death. People I Met raises questions about the culture of representation and continues the museum’s tradition of presenting challenging artwork with social content. The exhibition also includes a video titled 70 Meters...White T-shirt, and several recent photographic series. Curated by USF Contemporary Art Museum curator-at-large Christian Viveros-Fauné; organized by USFCAM: and sponsored in part by USF World and The Artis Grant Program.