Miri Mor is an Israeli-born artist (1971) working predominantly in photography and video, based in Romania. Mor is self-taught and began practicing her art after moving to Romania in 2010, triggered by the country’s recent history and struggles in the post-communist era. Focusing her lens on post-industrial landscapes, the daily life of workers and in the countryside and deceptively idyllic scenes of folklore, Mor endeavors to examine identity, modes of representation and collective memory in times of sweeping social and political change.
While the visual markers of a world gone by are often present or hinted to, Mor tries to undercut the obvious level of nostalgia and dive deeper into wider issues related to human experience under harsh material conditions, the overwhelming apparatus of the state and social unrest.
Alongside her continued engagement with aspects of daily life and identity in post-communist Romania, Mor has been developing works around the theme of animals and the complicated relations with we entertain with them, especially in the post-industrial context. Fresh carcasses were combined in an early series shot in the countryside, where they bring irony to otherwise picture-perfect pastoral tableaux; and in a more recent series, shot in the studio, animal hides are placed in arrangements that evoke the sleek minimalism of abstract art while bringing out the roughness and cruelty of violence on a mass scale.
Whether metaphorically or in the concrete sense, the experience of death runs throughout her work, displaying the warning signs and omens of an unknown future of ruin.
Miri Mor’s solo exhibitions were on display at Indie Photography Group Gallery, Tel Aviv (2016); The Metropolitan Library of Bucharest (2016); Victoria Art Center, Bucharest (2016); MNAC Anexa, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013), and the Artists House, Tel Aviv (2012). Selected group exhibitions include: Focus Photo LA, Los Angeles (2016); Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2014), and The National Portrait Gallery, London (2013); London Calling 013, Factory-Art Gallery, London (2013); Artists’ Greenhouse, Fresh Paint 5 Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv (2012); The Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Museum, Copenhagen (2011).