Contemporary Photographers at Soho Photo Gallery is pleased to announce a lecture, free and open to the public, Nir Arieli: “Gentle-Men, Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6 to 7pm.

Artist’s Statement
In my work, I try to expose a component of masculinity that was buried in the course of history under the heavy burden of gender conventions. Gentleness, uncensored emotion, vulnerability – all of these became, under the influence of social evolution, cursed characteristics when manifested by men. In the talk, I’ll identify the unconscious fascination with a gentler kind of masculinity in the work I created as a military photographer for the Israeli army. I will then continue to the portraits of men I made after moving to NYC, shifting to speaking out loud and using photography as a tool to expose what I believe was ours once and now is lost. Finally, I’ll discuss the work I’m making today, which consists of mostly male dancers, and why I believe they are the ambassadors of “the new masculinity.”

Nir Arieli launched his career as a military photographer for the Israeli magazine Bamachane, before receiving a scholarship to pursue a BFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Nir’s photographic passion is within the portraiture and dance fields. He is an admirer of gentleness, beauty that embodies a sense of conflict and physical intelligence. Nir’s work has been published, exhibited and collected
internationally and his dance clients include the Juilliard School, The Alvin Ailey school, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and Gallim Dance. Nir’s commercial clients include Estée Lauder Israel, The School of Visual Arts, TimeOut NY, TimeOut Tel-Aviv, BBR Saatchi & Saatchi, CRCmedia and Blonde + Cot.

He is represented in New York by Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery and in Israel by Pinzeta Initiative.