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Toby Cohen - Golem (08/12/2016 - 10/03/2017)



*Hebrew at the bottom*

Toby Cohen - Golem

This is the story of the golem, the most famous character in Jewish mythology. A Legend filled with magic, spells & miracles. The photographer Toby Cohen meticulously recreates the mud monster and breathes life into the old tale in a new solo exhibition at the Engel Gallery in Tel-Aviv.

37 years old Toby Cohen, was one of the most known paparazzi photographers in London. Since then he changed his artistic world and began studying and re-imagining the stories of the bible and Jewish folklore through his camera's lenses. Today his photographs are exhibited in a traveling academic exhibition in the United States and in the royal collection of the Buckingham Palace.

As the hero of many movies and art works, the terrifying character intrigued Cohen which decided to create a golem of his own in the Israeli Galilee, Zefat & Dead Sea landscape rather then the usual old world Europe & Prague. "I wanted to express who I experience the story. I decided to intensify the mystery and mysticism of the story by choosing locations with an almost virgin view." According to the tale the Maharal, Prague's Chief Rabbi, who was responsible for the safety of his congregation in the city, created the Golem partly to assist him in dealing with the anti-Semitic Christian blood libel.  Cohen's decision to use the golem for a project was partly influenced by his deap connection to the Jewish emotion & Israeli culture.

"The photographic series Golem, is described in the foreground of magical Israeli landscapes, which add power to the famous story that was created about two hundred years ago."
(The Golem in Modern Visual Culture, Eli Eshed)

At the age of 21, Cohen's paparazzi photographs were already featured on the covers of the "Daily Express", the London celebrity paper "News of the World" & the "Daily Mail". Michael Jackson, Kate Moss and the couple David & Victoria Beckham are only a few from a long list of celebrities he photographed.

After his photos were featured in tabloids on a regular basis, Cohen decided he must delve into the world of artistic photography and started directing scenes around Judaism as he imagines and experience it. "For years I've lived during the nights, looking for celebrities in London. Today I chase another kind of celebrities. The Golem is a recurring character in Judaism and not only there- in many movies and paintings as well." In 2007 he leaves the glamorous life of the celebrity world, settles down in Israel and dedicates his life to art. Today he lives on the Tel-Aviv – London line, married and a father. His previous exhibitions, "The Abraham Project" and "Cherubim & Angels" constituted the basis of Cohen's study of the Jewish narrative.
Cohen is already working on his next project, Moses Ten - the story of Moses, which strikes a lot of interest with many Jewish communities around the world. 

The exhibition will also be shown in Engel Gallery Jerusalem at the same time in a smaller format
13 Shlomzion Hamalka st. Jerusalem

Opening Night
8th of December 19:00
Engel Gallery TLV - 100 Ben Yehuda st. Tel-Aviv
to the event on Facebook press here

upcoming events:

January 5th
- Artist Talk w. Toby Cohen
February 2nd
- Screening Paul Wegner's 1920 Der Golem + Lecture by Eli Eshed

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Past Exhibitions List.
 
Engel Gallery - 100 Ben Yehuda St., Tel-Aviv Tel. 03-5225637, Fax. 03-5226145
Engel Gallery - 13 Shlomzion Hamalka St., Jerusalem Tel. 02-6232397, 02-6253523, Fax. 02-6249439
   
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