Event DetailsOctober 7, 2020, 12:00AM – February 21, 2021, 12:00AM
The Jewish Museum of BelgiumRue des Minimes 21
Home is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of Assaf Shoshan (1973), photographer and videographer who lives and works between Paris and Tel Aviv. This unprecedented exhibition traces the thread of a sensitive and committed work, produced over ten years between the Middle East and Europe, with Africa as a backdrop. Trained in philosophy, before devoting himself to photography, Shoshan tirelessly probes the world, through notions of territory, identity and belonging, beyond tangible borders. Inhabited by the theme of uprooting, his work takes a subtle and delicate look at a wandering humanity.
His landscapes and portraits evoke an ancestral expectation, devoid of melancholy. His empathetic approach, both documentary and autobiographical, gives rise to enigmatic images halfway between reality and fiction. By putting the reality of today’s exiles into perspective, Shoshan implicitly evokes the history of the Jewish people, through which exodus and questions of abandonment and acceptance have been affected. But his obsession with the theme of exile also ties in with his own history: belonging to the third generation of Jewish exiles living in Israel, having himself made the choice to go and live in a foreign country, Shoshan is closely worked by the question of attachment to a place. From the experience of a feeling of strangeness, the Israeli artist deploys a unique visual work.