English Encounters – Roei Greenberg

The rural walk is a well-known English cultural practice. Though it may be civil, the act of walking itself is rooted in an ideology from my own cultural background; to walk the land is to know the land, and therefore suggests belonging, entitlement and ownership.

I survey the English countryside and become familiar with the island’s geography, an act of mapping that reflects imperial and colonial histories.

Pertaining to Romanticism, I appropriate the visual rules of the picturesque, features traditionally used to create an illusion of social and natural harmony. The dramatic light and weather conditions combined with forensic attention to details and on-site interventions that intend to provoke ambiguous feelings of seduction and alienation.

Poetic and alluring yet tinged with irony, the images seek to disrupt traditional modes of representation in a place where land ownership and social hierarchy have shaped the form and perception of the landscape for centuries. 

I am a London-based, Israeli artist. I have dedicated years to investigating the Israeli landscape, its geography, and historical narratives in relation to my own biography, leading to my award-winning series entitled ‘Along the Break’

In 2018, I left Israel to attend the Royal College of Art and in my search for a new subject matter, I found myself once again drawn to questions of land and power, belonging and legitimacy. My work combines an objective aesthetic with a strong emphasis on thorough research.

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