Born 1973, Hod Hasharon, Israel
Lives and works in Tel Aviv
In his photography, Yair Barak has established a complicated syntax, set up as a visual ontology. Circumventing the boundaries of the medium, he consistently investigates power mechanisms, Modernity, and familiar iconographic structures in Western cultures. Barak explores photography’s role as a medium by deconstructing aesthetic structures. He further examines its documentary function alongside its story-telling abilities. His work is composed of direct photography—which denotes, signifies and asserts a random encounter between gaze and object—and of disruption processes that sabotage fundamental historical narratives.