Curves of Moon and Rivers of Blue: A solo exhibition of photographs by Nadav Kander
Curated by Tamar Arnon & Eli Zagury
The first solo exhibition of British photographer Nadav Kander in Hong Kong presents two of his most accomplished series to date. On first impressions the two series in this show appear very different yet in fact their essence is the same. Kander explores the narrative of the vulnerability of mankind and asks the same question in both series; ’What it is to be alone in the world?’ Alone, in the vast and rapidly transforming China, or naked and alone within our own bodies.
There is a tension felt across the works in this show. Whether the people in Kander’s photographs appear small against vast cityscapes and landscapes or life size in studio shots surrounded by darkness, they all project the same isolation. Kander’s seductive nude series of large-scale painterly photographs creates an uneasy tension between intimacy and objectification, as each of his artist’s models are unforgettably captured in a repertoire of gestures, postures, and movements which evoke an internal disquiet. In the Yangtze, The Long River series, the tension is palpable as we view these powerful photographs of people negotiating existence, identity and belonging as a result of living with rapid dramatic change that has reshaped their country.
Both series also question what we perceive as beauty in today’s world. Our notion of beauty, in nature and the environment around us, or as it can be perceived by us when viewing the naked human body, is being challenged by Kander. This show seeks to affirm there is no universal perception and we must question common ideas not only of beauty but also of humanity.
Tamar Arnon & Eli Zagury, February 2014.