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The Work of Kobi Israel at The Blue Elephant Theatre

Until 20 Dec

New Exhibition by Award Winning Photographer Kobi Israel Gives London Second Chance to See Critically-Acclaimed Images from the Artist's Best-Selling Book VIEWS

On the heels of his selection to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and for OUT Magazine's "100 Most Intriguing Gay People of 2003", Kobi opens show at the vibrant Blue Elephant Theatre

London, UK — Nov. 20, 2003 — An exclusive exhibition featuring the provocative and intimate work of photographer Kobi Israel ( opened today at the eclectic Blue Elephant Theatre in south London. The exhibition, which captures the conflicted and intimate self-exploration of Kobi's own life, coincides with the show !Runners by Brazilian writer and director Cristina Teixeira that explores similar issues of self-identity and self-exploration.

This latest exhibition follows a wave of recent accolades for the award winning photographer whose best-selling book Kobi Israel Views has gained worldwide acclaim. Earlier this month, his portrait "1700" was selected for exhibition at the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2003 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Meanwhile, for its December year-in-review issue, Out magazine, the leading U.S.-based arts and entertainment magazine for the gay community, has named Kobi one of "100 Most Intriguing Gay People of 2003". Also, Australia's leading gay men's magazine and top photography journal, Blue, also recently featured Kobi in a gallery spread of his work.

"I'm excited to share these images with London one more time at the Blue Elephant Theatre. The photographs are born from my personal experiences as a gay adolescent in an Israeli suburb through to my being a soldier in the Israeli army during national service," said Kobi. "They are inspired by the many conflicts of growing up and exploring my sexuality in a traditional Israeli society, where feelings towards other men are often physical and warm but seldom cross the dangerous line between a brotherly embrace and the touch of love and desire. This project is not about army life but about deep emotions, beauty and vulnerability".
"We're elated to have the prestigious work of Kobi Israel at the theatre," said Antonio Ribeiro, producer at the Blue Elephant Theatre. "His work crosses boundaries and reaches out to so many people in a really powerful way. These images are an excellent complement to our current show !Runners."

The exhibition runs through 20 December and features the following work divided into three themes:

Fragments of Life
In a series of images, Kobi takes us into his inner world of memories, conflicts and trapped emotions where he recreates and reinvents fragments of his own life as an adolescent growing up in a traditional society. For some of the images he even returns to the original Tel Aviv locations of his first encounters and revelations to recreate the moment .

In the eyes of a soldier
For Israeli soldiers the act of hugging, kissing and the saying in Hebrew "Ani Ohev Otcha Achi"("I love you my brother"), are normal ways of greeting. But how does a gay soldier feel in this situation, where communal showering and sleeping are the accepted norm?
In a series of images from a daily Israeli army routine, Kobi portrays raw humanity as well as the iconic beauty and sexual attraction, of young soldiers all based on his own personal experiences.

Using a deliberate "snapshot" style, Kobi searches for the secret intimate moments within day-to-day scenes and the "divine" that is hidden in all of us.
For more information, visit
email: mobile : 07815-100-598 or / Jane Duncan (Curator B.E.T) / mobile: 07941 624247

The Work of Kobi Israel at The Blue Elephant Theatre
59a Bethwin Road
(entrance in Thompson's Avenue)
Camberwell SE5 0XT

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm-4:00pm

Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle then buses 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 68A, 171, 176, 486 to Camberwell Road (5min journey).
Other tube stations: Oval (12 min. walk) Kennington (20 min. walk).


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