Lea Golda Holterman: Exile

Lea Golda Holterman

Gallery 1839 introduces new Israeli talent to the London art market.

Gallery 1839 is hosting an exclusive, solo exhibition of 'Exile: an image of women, women as an image' by acclaimed Israeli artist and photographer Lea Golda Holterman at The Assembly Rooms in Soho London.

Golda Holterman, BA honours graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, spent 18 months documenting the lives of prostitutes in the region. Until 2008, prostitution was a punishable offence in Israel. Golda Holterman explains what’s behind her images:

“I decided it was important for me to look at this community of women of lost identity not as segmented bodies but as whole individuals and icons of reality. I wanted to code the genetics of prostitution. I feel that prostitution is a concept, a cultural legitimate behaviour and a common myth that should be reviewed and analyzed.

Golda Holterman believes, women’s bodies have become normalised as sexual objects in the media of Western society, particularly photography.  The danger of this approach is that the person becomes an object which can be used and disposed of.

“For me, photography is a medium of observation. Through photography, I create an alternative way to observe that a pattern of myth exists in reality: women as a perishable object of desire. If the viewer can stay with the sense of humanism, I will have achieved my goal."

Gallery 1839 at
The Assembly Rooms
8 Silver Place
London W1F 0JU

Private view: 26th November 2008
Exhibition runs until 13th February 2009
View by appointment only: Every Wednesday from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

Please call 020 8392 8557 for appointment.

Gallery open on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th January 2009 between 9:30 and 5:30pm.

Online at www.gallery1839.com from the 26th November 2008. Prints can be purchased from the online gallery.

All enquiries should be addressed to Kevin O'Connor
Tel: 020 8392 8557
Mob: 07768 275075

Sponsors:
The London Photographic Association (LPA)
The Assembly Rooms