Lili Amog is an Israeli/American artist born in Tel Aviv. For several weeks, she lived as an artist-photographer in a convent, founded in 1200, of the Carmelite Sisters, who live in reclusion on Mount Carmel. Then she went into other sites such as Bethlehem where she says: "…being an Israeli, I had to dress like a nun to go to Palestine because I was not allowed in and practically had to escape the border." Her work has extended recently to the first Carmelite monastery founded in the United States, in 1790, at Port Tobacco,
Holy sites, the "Holy Land" and historical sites, surround the walls of these monasteries. With the imperatives of our contemporary, it is a fragile life, a life nowadays sustained by peace. Even in the sacred lands of different faiths, bombs explode, people are killed, people are humiliated, there is resentment, and hatred is generated for future generations. Violence deceives us, coming very close to the most intimate parts of our intimate world. Sacred cities already are like any city. In times when the tides of aggression seem high on the horizon, an intimate seeking for the feminine without gender characterizes Lili Almog's work.
Juan Alberto Gaviria
Gallery Director, Centro Colombo Americano
Excerpt from curatorial statement FOTOFEST2006
It was a sunny winter day. I crossed through a huge metal gate and climbed up a tangled road surrounded by a modest garden until I reached the front door. The urban view disappeared and a monumental churchlike structure stood in front of me. The building didn’t look as old as the wall outside and was well taken care of. I could see that every window was heavily gated and the door was constructed of heavy wood and metal. It was very quiet.
I pressed the buzzer and waited. A few minutes past before I could hear the echo of movement and the opening and closing of doors. Finally the door in front of me opened. For me it opened onto a new world. My journey had begun again...
I stepped through the door to continue my exploration of women and their private spaces - to objectively experience the cloistered world these women live in, and to capture symbolically their essence, the state of mind and spiritual identity of women influenced by western culture in yet another way.
Lili Almog, NYC 2004
New York–based Lili Almog began working as a photo-journalist for several international news publications in the 1980s, focusing on fashion and portraiture. After graduating with honors from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1992, she turned exclusively to art. Over the past ten years, Almog has explored representations of the feminine body and psyche. With her spirit of adventure, she captures the spiritual and cultural identity of various women as they are influenced, reflected, or morphed by Western culture.
Almog’s work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Israel, including the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens, New York; Prague House of Photography; Still Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Alternative Museum, New York; Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; and Galerie Pennings, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Her work is included in the collections of the New York Academy of Art; Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New York; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel.
She has been commissioned to design and create both book and compact disk covers, and her art has appeared in New York magazine, The New York Times, Photo District News, La Fotografia Actual (Barcelona), and Photonews (Hamburg), among others.