Perfect Intimacy (Hardcover)

Perfect Intimacy By Lili Almog (By (photographer)), Mark Gisbourne (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Lili Almog (By (photographer)), Mark Gisbourne (Introduction by)
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Over the last two years, Lili Almog has made extensive visits to nuns in three different Carmelite monasteries-one in Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, where the order was founded and assumed its name in the year 1200; the first Carmelite monastery in the United States, in Port Tobacco, MD; and one located at the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem, Palestine. The result of this work, Perfect Intimacy, is an experience of the cloistered world these nuns live in, and a documentation of their state of mind, relationship with God, and spiritual identity. It is a continuation of Almog's ongoing attempt to explore women and their private spaces.

Almog's empathetic and poignant studies capture the individuality of her subjects, their enduring dignity, and their sense of self-worth-which belies the collective conformity of monastic life. The economy of style in Almog's photographic composition, a limited color palette, and an emphasis on just a few pictorial components correspond aptly with the chaste and austere way of life in the monastery. Almog's portraits achieve an emblematic quality, reverberating with and alluding to the intensity found in abundance in religious iconography. Perfect Intimacy offers an unfettered and authentic introduction to a group of women destined to remain anonymous in this peculiar cloistered world.

About the Author

Lili Almog has exhibited in solo and group shows at Tel Aviv Museum of Art; SF MoMA; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; the Alternative Museum, New York; Griffin Museum, Massachusetts; Ffotogallery, UK; Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark; Museé de la Photographie, Belgium; Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York; and Photographers’ Place, London, among others. Almog’s work is included in the collections of the SF MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museé de la Photographie, Belgium, and Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark, as well as in numerous private collections. Almog’s released her first monograph, Perfect Intimacy, with powerHouse Books in 2006.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576873151
ISBN-10: 1576873153
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2006
Pages: 128
Language: English