Bird's Milk is the name of an east-European candy. Anna Yam, who was born in the USSR and lived there until she was twelve, remembers it as a sweet, comforting delicacy, a rarity in her childhood's circumstances and environment. >>
These are Anna Yam's Photographs
We met at a café. Anna Yam brought along two thin, oblong cardboard boxes, which she opened slowly and carefully. From the first box she gently drew out photographs. All black and white. A broken-down car in an old garage. People with earphones standing, most likely in a museum, listening to a talk. Yam had positioned the camera at the children's height. All that is seen of the adults is their torsos. Another photograph was of crystals. >>
"Between me and my footsteps/ an instinctive separation" Yair Garbuz
"Between me and my footsteps/an instinctive separation", I tell myself with the help of a line by Fernando Pessoa. The line is eminently suited to a discussion of the extraordinary photographs by Anna Yam.>>
Comfortable Anxiety Maya Benton
She navigates chaos and stillness, the familiar and unfamiliar and, perhaps most crucially, belonging and being set apart. Her images are both inside and outside the experiences they capture. Yam uses wit and humor as a bulwark against the harsher realities of alienation and transplantation; soothing the viewer with extreme beauty while presenting images both alluring and at times disarmingly foreign and fetishistic.>>
Anna Yam/ A Photographer Boaz Neumann
Georgy Philipovich Galkin was born on March 2, 1935, in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). In 1942 he was spirited out of besieged Leningrad to Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). His mother, a chemist, died during the siege. His father, a theater actor, fought in War World II. Georgy Philipovich, a mineral and mining engineer, immigrated to Israel on June 24, 1992, and lives in the Hadar neighborhood in Haifa. Now retired, he occasionally does private gardening jobs and creates shell art.>>
Anna Yam/ Works Doron Rabina
The discovery that what is called ‘biography’, or worse, ‘autobiography’, is a slough rather than a skeleton – a complex cloak which it is more fruitful to shed than to don, at any rate not that sturdy, uniformly accumulated element we have grown to imagine it as – is the key for the discourse on Anna Yam’s photographs. Their poignantly autobiographical tone creates a façade of “identity” built as a plot-less sequence.>>
Habitat Adi Gura
Braverman Gallery is pleased to invite you to the opening of Anna Yam's solo exhibition Habitat.
Anna Yam's exhibition is the culmination of a two year process where she explores the tension between the landscape of the natural world and the photographic technique employed to record her images.
The result is a series of photographic works presented here for the first time.
The title Habitat is a term taken from the world of ecology that signifies a physical setting in which an organism naturally or normally lives and grows: a living environment.>>