Itai Doron became an avid film-buff as a youth after a childhood filled with visits to the movies and with stories told to him by his mother about its stars, and has since made numerous works in a range of disciplines and media as varied as photographs, photo-collages, video and audio-visual installations that are influenced by cinematic narrative and are largely concerned with the dream-like world of fame, legends and celebrities, while exploring the realms between the absurd and the sublime.
In recent years he has used primarily the medium of photography as a tool for exploring the realities of carefully selected and disparate geographical locations. From walking through cities such as Prague, Tel Aviv and Turin to traveling through India and Japan, Doron used a variety of cameras, both 35mm and medium format photography, whatever was appropriate, usually never taking more than one picture of the same thing. His personal vision of these landscapes has resulted in an eloquent set of pictures that shifts between the real and the fictitious and is imbued with a sense of the elegiac and the profound as it fuses a documentary style with a poetic sensibility. And although people do not usually feature as subjects in these pictures, the images are permeated with the spirit of invisible people still present.
Doron’s latest body of work is a study, through formal portraiture, of the realities and essence of young adults. ‘Yassine’ (2006) and ‘Giorgios’ (2007) are a series of photographs that focus on the hopes and dreams of young migratory workers, marked by quiet grace. The work explores movement and alienation, and is essentially autobiographical without the artist being present in it. The son of a Romanian immigrant, Doron is fascinated by the fact that these young men are, on one hand, the backbone of the British construction, hospitality and health industries, but on the other hand, an invisible part of the country’s social and cultural landscape.
Doron was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1967. Following his graduation from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1993, he exhibited at the White Cube gallery in London, and concurrently showed a series of his large-scale installations at Canary Wharf. He has since participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Israel and the United States. Itai Doron lives and works in London.
August 1, 2015Rockers Galore & Selected Photographs
Other Criteria, 14 Hinde Street, London W1U 3BG August 1st - September 1st, 2015
Book launch and signing of Itai Doron's latest limited edition publication 'Fifteen Minutes With You' at Super Labo.
Téléscope, 5 rue Villedo 75001 Paris
August 9, 2012The World in London
204 Londoners captured from each of the competing Olympic nations
An offsite exhibition showing in two locations this July & August: Victoria Park, London E3: 27 July – 12 August 2012 Park House, 453 – 497 Oxford Street, London, W1: 27 July – 30 August 2012
The World in London is an ambitious outdoor photography project for 2012, showing London’s diversity and photography’s unique role in capturing the human form.
Over the past three years they have commissioned acclaimed and emerging British and international photographers to take portraits of Londoners of all ages and from all walks of life. Each portrait is unique in its composition, setting and style. Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this project brings together 204 portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from one of the competing nations.
Celebrate the launch of Chokras Mahal - Itai Doron's book of photographs from India.
Plus 24 Master prints from Yassin and Chokras Mahal. To see the full invite, please click here.
July 1, 2010KEEP ME POSTED
KEEP ME POSTED is a group show, directed and curated by Julia Royse, that launches a temporary exhibition space in a former post office in East London entitled POSTED.
POSTED will present a series of art exhibitions, performances, screenings and workshops celebrating the ‘post’ and exploring and examining our postal history and heritage.
The exhibitions at POSTED will hopefully inspire people to put pen to paper again as well as reminding us of a time when communication was more personal and less generic.
Artists participating in KEEP ME POSTED include Andreas Blank, Claire Brewster, Jo Broughton, Natasha Chambers, Oliver Clegg, Julie Cockburn, Adam Dix, Itai Doron, Sean Dower, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Vanessa Fristedt, Tom Gidley, Cate Halpin, Susie Hamilton, Georgie Hopton, Rachel Howard, Duncan MacAskill, Harland Miller, Polly Morgan, Benjamin Newton, Molly Palmer, Julia Riddiough, Jane Simpson, James White and Miyo Yoshida.
For more information and for images of the show, visit our blog.