Michael Liani

People are Liani subjects and through individuality he examines  multiplicity and encompassing not only the mainstream of society but also its side-lines. In his work Liani spotlight on marginal people, whether “margins” is the periphery of Israel or the outcasts of society. Through a hybrid presentation, he questions the connections between painting and photography, the moving image and cinema. His works combine emotions, spontaneity, volumes, movement, beat, eventually generating a space for reflection. All the elements become one, building works that are against narrative and linearity.
For Liani, the camera is his tool, his instrument and weapon: “I shoot all the time, not as an act of killing but as an act of wounding, opening an emotional dialogue, awareness. Through photography, I take things apart and reassemble them in an unorthodox way.” In the darkness, light is the material that allows us to see. We all see the same light. In photography, light is the source. Liani uses the flashlight in order to take out and accentuate both individuals and objects from reality, taking ‘ownership’ over them.


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