Born in 1956, Israeli photographer Roi Kuper has been working since the mid 1980’s in the photographic medium, philosophically exploring and investigating its nature both in black and white and in color work.
In one of his early body of works, “Vanishing Zones” (1991-1994), Kuper created black and white existential images, which echoed timeless scenes from some far away past or an uncertain future. The works in this series are characterized by the disintegrated sensation they convey, the result of a prolonged process of manipulation they had gone through.
In his body of work, “Necropolis” (1996-2000), Kuper explored deserted areas in the south of Israel alongside local military semi-archeological remains that are scattered throughout these areas. This body of work is both lyrical and haunting, and was methodically photographed in medium format using black and white film, thus producing exquisite high quality silver prints.
A group of works from this series has been purchased by the Tate Modern and was show at the museum during 2001-2002.
In 2002 Kuper began working in color. These recent works continue his exploration of the photographic medium, touching upon and deepening his voyage into questions of time, place, memory and death.
Roi Kuper has exhibited solo exhibitions over the years, both in Israel and abroad, among them “Ashdod” at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1996), “Necropolis” at the Tate Modern, London (2001), and “Citrus” at the Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel (2001).
His work is included in the collections of the Tate Modern, London, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Herzliya Museum of Art, , as well as in private collections in Israel and abroad.
Roi Kuper is also an associate Professor and staff member at Shenkar College, Multidisciplinary Art Department, Ramat-Gan.