Frederic Brenner’s “This Place” Launches Digital Initiative

Complex, diverse, captivating. These are words that come to mind when viewing the photographic collection that has resulted from This Place, a project exploring Israel through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers. Convened by photographer Frederic Brenner, each artist was awarded a residence in Israel and, while there, created a major new body of work. Initially called Israel: A Work in Progress, the project sparks a new conversation about Israel and the West Bank as place and metaphor. The photographers’ highly individualized works combine to create not a single, monolithic vision, but rather a diverse and fragmented portrait, alive to all the rifts and paradoxes of this important and much contested space. Brenner’s project includes a traveling exhibition, digital initiatives, publications, and educational partnerships. The Illumination Fund was one of the project’s first supporters for the residency phase and is currently funding plans for the educational partnerships and New York exhibition. The Illumination Fund is proud to announce the launch of the project’s website: We hope that this digital initiative pushes new conversation and narrative about Israel, art, and ourselves—as individuals, communities, and global citizens.