Benyamin Reich

Israel 1976


Benyamin Reich
Benyamin Reich
January 23, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

In the works of photographer Benyamin Reich, you will find the beauty and aesthetics which comes together with the tradition he was brought up in. His goal is to capture the Jewish orthodox man as a beautiful and sensual being, in contrast with the stereotype of the Jewish religious man as unattractive and unaesthetic.

Banyamin was born in a Hassidic family in Bney Brak in 1976. He was educated in the orthodox religious school system. At the age of 14 Benyamin moved to Yeshiva in U.S.A. From 2004 to 2006 he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and after finishing, he went to the Naggar School of Photography, Media and New Music at Musrara, Jerusalem. He returned to Israel with the intention of leaving religious learning and practice altogether. One year later after he was feeling drawn to the world of photography, thus he decided to go to Paris to study at the Ecole National Superieur des Beaux Artes.

In the exhibition Nostalgia, Benyamin builds bridges over the chasms separating an irretrievable past and European modernity. With the Holocaust, Orthodox Jewish life in Central Europe perished together with its austere world of ritual and mores. It was only when Jewish life began to flourish in Germany again in the 1990s that this most pious form of Judaism began to grow anew. Using two levels of representation, Reich brings together the pre-war past of German Jewry and its modern counterpart – on the one hand in photographs representing Orthodoxy today, whether in the guise of objects or persons, and on the other in the form of nature-based reflection.

Benyamin currently lives and works in Berlin.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Lost Scapes Galerie VossGroup
2014 Nostalgie Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin, Savoy BerlinSolo
2014 Judaica Jüdische Kultusgemeinde BielefeldSolo
2014 Les Euronautes Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin, Galerie KornfeldGroup
2014 Kunst van het Geloven St Nicolaas Kapelle, NetherlandsGroup
2013 Who shoots Reich? Eine deutsche Winterreise Werkstattgalerie, BerlinSolo
2013 Fromm & Fotogen Hochschule für Jüdische Studien HeidelbergSolo
2013 Jud Süß Kunstverein SchwetzingenSolo
2013 Die Asporas Project P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2013 Die Deutsche Natur der Sachen Milchhof, BerlinGroup
2012 Jud Süß Kunstverein Worms Solo
2012Die Asporas Project Preview Berlin ArtFairGroup
2012 Reise Nach Jerusalem Tradition and Taboo, Artists House JerusalemGroup
2012 Reise Nach Jerusalem Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2011J Galerie Glass, BerlinSolo
2011 Heimatkunde Jüdisches Museum BerlinGroup
2011 Glass Stars Glass Gallery, BerlinGroup
2010 Divine Connection Zeughaus, AugsburgGroup
2010 Akte Nudes Tammen Gallery, BerlinGroup
2010 HomeLessHome Museum on the Seam, JerusalemGroup
2009 The Third Temple Rise Berlin Gallery, BerlinSolo
2009 Cockeye GalArt Space, Tel Aviv Group
2009 Art of Emergency Artneuland Gallery, BerlinGroup
2009 The Age of a Different Reaction Davide Gallo Gallery, BerlinGroup
2008 Forsaken Me? The Jerusalem Artist's HouseSolo
2008 Youth Spirit The Social Gallery Musrara, JerusalemGroup
2008 Snapshot The Galleries for Contemporary Art, Ramleh and OfakimGroup
2004 Here and Here Haifa Museum of ArtSolo
2003 Black Stars the Gallery of the Beit Berl College of Art, Tel AvivSolo