|For over a decade I have been following Sharon Yaari's work – from his early beginnings as a promising new talent on the Israeli art scene to his blossoming into one of the most remarkable photographers working in Israel today. His early work, though mostly staged, had the appearance of a snapshot. Its power lay however in Yaari's distinct knack for turning the banal and seemingly unimportant into a disturbing scene, embedding the mundane with a sense of danger or threat lurking underneath. In recent years Yaari turned to black-and-white photography. ‘Black and white’ is somewhat a misleading term in his case as he masters the color gray in all its richness. The immanent sense of threat has made way to a more contemplative mood, verging on the melancholic, endowing the large format prints with a poetic quality.
Yaari's work has been exhibited widely both in Israel and abroad and he has been the recipient of noteworthy prizes in Israel.
Suzanne Landau, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem