Dafy Hagai's Spring sees the young Israeli photographer offer a new layer of complexity and fluidity to the visual languages and queer motifs she established in her first two publications for Perimeter Editions. Where the faux-idyllic landscapes, beach scenes and unusual architectures of 2015's Sunset shone with a playful, sexually curious take on the the female gaze, 2016's Golden Showers pulsed with a kind of charged, innuendo-heavy sexuality, veering toward the realm of the smut-flecked outtake. Spring catches the London-based Hagai at another point of transition. Shot amid the marginal urban spaces that punctuate Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Arad and Furadis – and punctuated with images from the more lush surrounds of Sakhne and the Dead Sea – the series lends a vantage on a gender dynamic that is as equally hard to define as its socio-geographical context. Here, Hagai juxtaposes members of Israel's drag community against public passersby, and gender-ambiguous models against candid, more traditional visions of masculinity. We're left in a kind of flux – a position that feels refreshingly authentic to our contemporary dynamic.
Based in London, Tel Aviv photographer Dafy Hagai has completed commissions for publications and clients including Candy, Twin, Office, Teen Vogue, Dazed, Vogue US, Honore, Flair Italy, Talk, Gap, Adidas StellaSport, Levi's, Eytys and Asos. Her books include Golden Showers (Perimeter Editions, 2016), Sunset(Perimeter Editions, 2015) and Israeli Girls (Art Paper Editions, 2014).
28pp, saddle stitched self-cover, screen-printed vinyl dust-jacket Published by Perimeter Editions, 2018 21 x 29.7 cm Edition of 300