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Brooklyn : This place, Rosalind Fox Solomon


I was emotionally affected by the cultural and political conflicts. My pictures did not just come out of the camera; they came out of my gut. Every day that I spent there, I was tense and emotionally wired. You can’t live in that kind of environment without being affected by tension and stress. I felt the chaos. Maybe some of that transmits through my pictures.

I decided to photograph anyone who allowed me the time to shoot. When I am photographing, I talk as little as possible. The unifying element in each project is a series of portraits, but in each situation I also kept journals. I wanted to reveal the humanity of every person I photographed. One person led to another.

My texts for THEM often came from fragments of conversations that stayed with me, that sometimes amused and surprised me, but more often disturbed and frightened me.

My personal conflicts and responses are part of whatever I do as an artist. My own history is a point of reference when I seek to understand the factors that influence others. In Israel and the West Bank those factors included location, race and religion. These determine where people live, how they are treated and their expectations for the future. I draw on all of my resources as I get in touch with the culture that is around me. This was a particularly loaded situation.

– Rosalind Solomon

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This place
From February 12 to June 5th, 2016
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States

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