Born in Ukraine in 1978, Lena Gomon is a photographer who currently lives and works in Ashdod.
Gomon has a B.F.A. in Photography (cum laude) and an M.F.A. in Photography and Fine Arts, both from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
“Gomon's work is anchored in the Israeli photographic tradition, and, to a great extent, constitutes an evolutionary continuation of photography of the local landscape and space as a cultural-political-social representation that was formulated in Israel in recent decades. Her works are characterized by a delicate dialectic between severity and constructed rigor, and almost fragile refinement and sensitivity, between a sharp and well-articulated look and a conscious avoidance of taking a critical stance on the photographed reality.
This unique quality makes Gomon's work a kind of cumulative and ongoing study of a collection of particles out of reality, in a way that does not purport to encompass, generalize, infer or interpret, but only to capture the traces of the constant and ceaseless movement of the human presence in the world.”
(*Roni Cohen-Binyamini, Enantiodromia, exhibition catalog, Ashdod Art Museum, 2016.)
Selected solo exhibitions:
2016 – The Fox Hills, Bezalel Photography Award Exhibition # 2, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel.
2016 – Enantiodromia, Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
Selected group exhibitions:
2016 – Permanent exhibition at the Magistrates’ Court, Jerusalem, Israel.
2016 – Anonymous. Urban Life in Contemporary Photography, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2015 – The Hinder Sea: Israeli Art and the Sea, Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
2011 – Israeli Fabric, the Knesset, Jerusalem, Israel.
2010 – reGeneration2 – Tomorrow's Photographers Today, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2009 – 100 years of Bezalel, Orangerie du Sénat Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France; Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany.
2009 – Dreary Structures, Dreamy Structures, Ashdod Art Museum, Ashdod, Israel.
Awards and scholarships
2016 – Bezalel Photography Award, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2016 – The Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts – grant for a solo exhibition in Israel
2013 – Ashdod Award in the Field of Visual Arts
2010 – Presser Award, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2010 – M.F.A. Program Encouragement Award, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2010 – TA scholarship, teaching assistant in the digital lab of the Photography Department, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2009 – Schneidinger Award, Department of Fine Arts, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2008 – Academic Excellence Award, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
2007 – Friends of Bezalel Prize
2006 – Revital Seri Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design