Roei Greenberg’s photographic work offers a platform which deals with the natural landscape as the human landscape, nostalgia tinged with frustration. The physical and metaphorical journey is a main theme in his work that focuses on the meeting place of geography and history, looking at the complexity of the locality through the language of space and time.
Greenberg’s attitude to the place is not limited to nostalgia or longing, but creates a complex perspective, critical and sarcastic on one hand and laced with great empathy on the other. This emotional duality runs through his works and sews them together in a way that questions the photographic narrative of “here and now” and the position of the photographer as documenter. Rigorous screening and selection produce lyrical expeditions that challenge the memory and myths of places of historical value for him.
Using a large format camera and reorganizing the materials of reality into an alternative entity, transforms the relics into monuments, which he collects.
The formal approach to photography as if it was pure painting and the straight photography on the opposing side, create an ongoing dialogue between the sublime and the everyday.