I am a London based - Israeli artist (b.1985)
I grew up on a Kibbutz, located on the northern Israeli border with Lebanon. In 2009 I moved to Tel Aviv, where I completed a BA Photography in 2013. After years of investigating the Israeli landscape, its geography, historical narratives and my own biography, I left Israel in 2018. In search for a new subject matter, I found myself once again drawn to questions of land and power, belonging and legitimacy...
My photographic practice is concerned with landscape as a complex intersection between culture, geography and autobiography. The effects of human activity on land, political borders and ecology are amongst the issues investigated in my work. The use of large format camera and film creates a multi-layered photographic perspective; pictorial and alluring yet seeking to disrupt traditional modes of landscape representation.
2019/20 – Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery // South London Gallery (UK)
2019 – PhEST International Photography Festival, Monopoli (Italy)
2019 – Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Marrakech (Morocco)
2019 – Addis FotoFest, Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia)
2018 – The Way We Live Now, Aperture Gallery, New York (USA)
2018 – Encontros da Imagem, Braga (Portugal)
2018 – Fotofestiwal, Lodz (Poland)
2018 – ONE Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA)
2017 – Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum (Greece)
2017 – Location, Location, Location, Ildiko Butler Gallery, New York (USA)
2017 – Local Testimony, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (Israel)
The rural walk is a well-known English cultural practice. Though it may be civil, the act of walking itself is rooted in an ideology from my own cultural background; to walk the land is to know the land, and therefore suggests belonging, entitlement and ownership. I begin to survey the English countryside, becoming familiar with the island’s geography, an act of mapping that refers to imperial and colonial histories.
Pertaining to Romanticism, I appropriate the visual rules of the picturesque; traditionally used to create an illusion of social and natural harmony. The dramatic light and weather conditions combined with forensic attention to details and on-site interventions intend to provoke the ambiguous feelings of seduction and alienation. Poetic and alluring yet tinged with irony, the images seek to disrupt traditional modes of representation in a place where land ownership and social hierarchy have shaped the form and perception of the landscape for centuries.
Hinterland — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Spectre — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Landscape with Oak Trees and A Hunter — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Winter Morning — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Interloper — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Division — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Dreaming of Misty England — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Fruitful Encounter — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2018 // edition of 3
"A Species of Rich Distance" — 120x150cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
Walk to Paradise Garden — 150x120cm // archival pigment print // 2019 // edition of 3
My dissertation 📖
She is Co-founder of Bloomberg Space and its curator from 2002-2011, she
is Chair of the Board of New Contemporaries, having Chaired the selection process since 1996.
Recent curated exhibitions include: Turner Prize, Hull 2017, 'Strike Site' at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham 2018, and SPECTRUM Art Award, July 2020.
Recent critical writing includes essays on Alison Wilding, Laura Ford, Mark Boulos, Benjamin Senior, Angus Fairhurst, Richard Billingham, Jose Davila, Chantal Joffe, Mustafa Hulusi, Heri Dono, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosa Lee, Young In, Chris Ivey, and Alberto Savinio.
Craddock was a member of the selection panel of IAAC5, Shanghai, November 2018 and judged the AICA Incentive critical writing award for October 2019 and the First Graphic Novel Award 2020.
She is Co-founder of Artschool Palestine, and the SPECTRUM Art Award, Co-founder of the Contemporary Art Award at the British School at Rome, a Joint President of AICA UK, and a Trustee of the Shelagh Cluett Trust.