Dror Daum (b. 1970, Jaffa) lives and works in Tel Aviv. He has held solo exhibitions at Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; and Alon Segev Gallery, Tel Aviv, among others. Selected group exhibitions include: Art TLV, 2nd Tel-Aviv Biennale of Contemporary art, Tel-Aviv; Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Daum has received awards from the Israel Ministry of Culture in 2014 and 2005, and from the Bezalel M.F.A. program in 2008.
My works originate from various photographical aspects, the format, the print, the framework and the medium itself. My creative practice can also be considered as “intended for photography”. That being said, instead of approaching photography from its historical role – a journey into the world for meaningful or inspiring images - I try to move away from those conventional processes of the history of photography, in order to reach a combination that relies not only on photographical imagery but also on the physical experience of the piece as an object present in space.
For the most part, I build my exhibitions around a specific subject that relates to everyday, contemporary life from a personal perspective, and to subjects centered on existentialism or human drama. I examine all this in different media, through photography, video and installation. My works do not give concrete information, but rather rely on first body experience; general aspects of destruction present in modern life, experiences I believe are common and shared by the entire modern population of the western world, a population that is living on the precipice of a vast and ongoing anxiety.
I try to stay loyal to the “inner logic” that demands looking at simple, almost banal appearances and phenomena, in a way that grants them a new presence and makes the viewers and myself rethink them as exciting appearances that evoke thoughts and presence. Maybe as a contrast to indifference, lack of discipline and inflation of stimuli that seems to leave us, most of the time, blind, deaf and mute.