Every moment we expect the secret filigree of the universe is about to appear to us in all its transparency, but inevitably, this expectation is always vain.
Italo Calvino
I have been working for several years on a photographic project about the natural world. I have used my photography to explore the rich vocabulary of lines, forms, and rhythms with which nature writes her poetry.

Each image I take of the natural environment conceals a revelation about its underlying structure. These images serve me as notes on nature's language: a visual vocabulary that configures myriad forms. I use this notational system in the same way a calligrapher will deploy her craft to achieve communion with the content and cadence of a sacred text.

My "notes" go through a careful editing process. The luminosity of each image is gradually modulated until it is delicately balanced between visibility and invisibility. The materiality and boundaries of the image are dissolved. All that remains is a blueprint of the natural world.


Liliana Gelman
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1959.
Graduated in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires.
She worked as designer, studied painting at Juan Doffo's workshop in Buenos Aires, and attended several research seminars about image and writing.
In 1998 began to explore the use of photography as an artistic means of expression.
Her work has been published in catalogues, magazines and book covers and is included in private collections in Argentina, Brazil, Israel and U.S.A. and in the National Maritime Museum, Israel.
She is a teacher in the visual communication and creativity areas.
After 6 years of living in Haifa, Israel, she returns to Argentina in 2008.

solo exhibitions
2009     The Library, travelling exhibition through different libraries, Spain
2006     Ships, Dreams, Water, PhotoGraphic Gallery, New York, USA
2005     Sea of Dreams, National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel
2003     Signs of writing, Light House Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2000     Pinturas, Fotografías, Galeria Brodersohn/Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1993     Ciudades Invisibles, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1992     Pinturas, Galeria Marginalia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

selected group exhibitions
2008     15 under 15, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, USA
Artists from Argentina, Jerusalem House of Quality, Jerusalem, Israel
2007     The five senses, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, USA
2006     Art at the Intersection of Cultures, Salon Manhattan, New York, USA
Friends of the Gallery Show, Verve Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
2004     Hebrew-a foreign tongue, Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel
Israeli Fine Art Exhibition & Gala, Fenomena Art Gallery, Seattle, USA
2003     The Photographed Word, Gallery Sink, Denver, USA
Descubrimientos, PhotoEspaña 2003, Madrid, Spain
Ventanas, Galeria EFTI, Madrid and Valencia, Spain
2001     Artistas de la galeria, Galeria Brodersohn/Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1998     III Salón Nacional del Mar, Teatro Auditorium, Mar del Plata, Argentina
1997     II Salón Nacional del Mar, Teatro Auditorium, Mar del Plata, Argentina
1993     La ciudad convoca a sus creadores, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Premio Federico Lanús, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1992     Premio Federico Lanús, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
I Bienal Colores de Buenos Aires, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1991     Premio Blades, CAYC, Harrods en el arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Premio Jerusalem, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Discriminación, Sociedad Hebraica Argentina, Harrods en el Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

public art
2009     Permanent installation in the Burien Library/City Hall, Burien, USA
King County Library System Public Art Projects, USA

Grants and awards
2007     Honorable Mention, PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris, France
2003     Grant for the artistic creation, The Center for Immigrant Artists, Israel

selected publications
2009     Imaginaria, "La biblioteca", libros abandonados y reencontrados, Cecilia Bajour
2007     SHOTS 95, Books-Words, Minneapolis, USA
El angel caído, Carlos Barbarito: una conversación con Liliana Gelman
2006     Sun Valley Writers' Conference, image selected for the poster, produced by Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, USA
EXIT 23, "Readers and Readings" Madrid, Spain
2005     Fotomundo #438, La Biblioteca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2003     Ventana de luz #4, Ruido-Silencio, Madrid, Spain
2000     Fotomundo #385, A. Bécquer Casaballe, Flores del reino animal en la obra de Liliana Gelman Buenos Aires, Argentina

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