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Artist photographer, curator and lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art. Born in 1967, based in Tel Aviv. Earned a Master's Degree with honors from the Interdisciplinary Program of the Arts at Tel Aviv University. Graduated with honors from the departments of Philosophy and Psychology at Haifa University. Studied Photography in the Faculty of Arts - Hamidrasha at Beit Berl College.

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In his works he seeks to reach a photographic language that would seem like an externalization of mental images, dreams and visions. More than a concrete documentation of a tangible existence, he uses photography for a creative mapping of an alternative reality that is challenging our scope of sensing the world. Whether it is staged photography, digitally manipulated or even direct shooting, he is interested to express an experience of a guest who is just visiting this planet. His artistic style wanderers across the borderline between the seductive and the morbid: the image as an invitation and a threat.

In his thesis, explored the reception of “The Encyclopedic Palace” – the central exhibition in the 55th Venice Biennale curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. The research, conducted under the guidance of Dr. Eyal Dotan, used Deleuze’s and Guattari’s rhizomatic thinking as a conceptual framework. He is a three-time recipient of the Dean’s Award of Excellence of the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University (2014, 2015, 2016).

Frenkel is a member of the collective Indie Photography Gallery.

His works were featured in various exhibitions and are included in private collections.

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