Ori Gersht was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1967. He received his BA from the University of Westminster, London (UK) and his MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London (UK). He lives and works in London. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Imperial War Museum, London (UK), The Tate Britain, London (UK), The Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerusalem (Israel), The Santa Barbara Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, The Jewish Museum, New York, The Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut, and the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton (UK).
Ori Gersht: Portraits is a film series by the highly acclaimed Israeli-born, London-based artist. Over the course of Fall 2014, a series of three forceful video portraits will be on view in the Pizzuti Collection black box, each connecting moments of quiet contemplation with difficult histories and anguished realties.
Ron and Ann Pizzuti have collected Ori Gersht’s work in depth over the last decade, but this focused show concentrates attention on only three films (each nearly 15 minutes in length), giving time to explore the stories and reflect on the history that inspired them. The Columbus Museum of Art will host a simultaneous show of Ori Gersht’s photography and other works on loan from Pizzuti Collection.
Evaders, 2009 (on view September 5 – October 11) a poetic and heart-wrenching retelling of Walter Benjamin’s attempt to escape Nazi-occupied France.
Will You Dance For Me, 2011 (on view October 16 – November 15) portrays Yehudit Arnon, a Holocaust survivor and founder of one of the most important modern dance companies in Israel, and her defiance while at Auschwitz.
The Offering, 2013 (on view November 18 – January 10) confronts the glamorous and treacherous world of bullfighting, its dazzling spectacle and often-gruesome outcomes.
As part of our opening weekend, Ori Gersht gave an Artist Talk on Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:00pm at the Columbus Museum of Art.