Life from the ashes

Internationally renowned photographer Lili Almog's latest exhibition, "Between Presence and Absence," sets a special narrative about disasters and loss.

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April 20, 2017 20:49
Carmel Forest fire

‘Between Presence and Absence’: ‘Exteriors: House #2.’. (photo credit: LILI ALMOG)

 
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Artists can search high and low for their muse, but occasionally come across a creative catalyst in unexpected, and sometimes unwanted, circumstances. A personal catastrophe led Lili Almog to document a disaster of national proportions.

Around six and a half years ago, the Carmel Forest was devastated by the largest fire the country had ever known. The conflagration claimed the lives of 44 people, destroyed millions of trees and severely damaged 250 buildings, including over a third of the houses at Kibbutz Beit Oren. At the time, Almog was in the country, trying to come to terms with a traumatic experience of her own, following her mother’s death from cancer.

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