“Absent presence,” an artist’s talk by Naomi Safran-Hon
4 p.m. Thursday November 29
reception to follow
The Stedman Gallery, Rutgers-Camden
Naomi Safran-Hon has focused her work on the “absent presence,” implied by images of houses abandoned by Palestinian Arabs who remained in Israel, but left their homes in her native Haifa when the state of Israel was established in 1948. She transforms photographs of interiors with lace and cement, sometimes painting with the latter to create powerfully evocative images of displacement, absence, conflict and memory.
Naomi Safran-Hon was born in Oxford, England, in 1984, and grew up in Haifa, Israel; she currently lives in New York. She received her BA Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University, 2008 in Studio Art and Art History and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. She has received numerous awards and has exhibited extensively in Israel and in the United States.
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