Rachel Papo, Carrying a stretcher, Tsaelim, Israel
Carrying a stretcher in the rain
Rachel Papo. Lookout duty, Tsaelim, Israel
Lookout duty at the observation tower
Rachel Papo, Talking to family, Shaare Avraham, Israel
Talking to family during a break from basic training
Rachel Papo, Military kiosk counter, Shaare Avraham, Israel
Military kiosk counter
Rachel Papo, Sniper instructor, Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi, Israel
A sniper instructor outside her room
Rachel Papo, Outside Bar
Outside bar on Alenby Street
Rachel Papo, Stepping outside for a cigarette before shower, Shaare Avraham, Israel
Stepping outside for a cigarette before taking a shower

February 12 – March 14, 2009

Artist’s reception:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
6.00 – 8.00 p.m.

Inspired by her own experience as a young woman, Rachel Papo photographed the lives of female Israeli soldiers.

She writes, “At an age when social, sexual, and educational explorations are at their highest point, the life of an eighteen-year-old Israeli girl is interrupted.” She continues, “She is plucked from her home surroundings and placed in a rigorous institution where her individuality is temporarily forced aside in the name of nationalism.”

As artist and writer Charles Traub observes in the foreword in the accompanying book, youth is always the victim of conflict and war, and Papo knows it, sees it, and records it, reminding us that we cannot be innocent onlookers.

Rachel Papo’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Griffin Museum of Photography, Wincester, Massachusetts; and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center; among others.

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