EN / "SARA" offers a view on childhood, adolescence and the transition in-between. These images question the very nature of youth, going beyond documentary into a dreamlike universe. An ongoing exploration of the boundaries between daily-life documentation and staged portraits. The strong presence of the photographer's little sister represents some kind of autobiography; through her daily life, Julia finds a parallel with her own experience. Her aim is to seize these so-called mundane moments, as they become curiously captivating: creating an atmosphere of playful exploration, a feeling of freedom.
FR / "SARA" porte un regard sur l’enfance, l’adolescence et le passage entre les deux. Un univers suspendu de rêve éveillé, la série interroge la nature-même du jeune âge en mêlant la documentation du quotidien et la mise en scène de portraits. La présence forte de la petite sœur du photographe représente une sorte d’autobiographie ; à travers son expérience, Julia trouve un parallèle avec son propre vécu. Elle cherche à saisir ces moments soi-disant banals lorsqu'ils deviennent curieusement particuliers, dégageant une ambiance d’exploration ludique, une sensation de liberté.
Unschooling is an autobiographical documentary project about the alternative education method that Gat experienced growing up. Her subjects are those involved in her community; family and friends, as well as other similar communities around the world. Unschooling embraces the individual’s experience in their education, prompting children to take responsibility and make their own choices in study. It also embraces their changing interests and creativity, in comparison to the rigid structure of typical mainstream education. Growing up in this lifestyle with her four younger siblings is also what allowed her to pursue her passion for photography since age 13, documenting their daily life. With her personal perspective on this philosophy, Gat seeks to support this revolution in constant development and give outsiders a glimpse into the uninhibited and exciting world of Unschooling.
The images in this project so far have been shot between 2013 and 2017 in France, where Gat is currently based; and in Israel, her country of origin. This year, with the professional guidance of SOFIA (Society of Females in Art) Mentorship Program 2017-2018, Gat aims to explore the subject of alternative education internationally through the documentation of families and communities in a variety of countries.
EN A photographic study regarding the relationship between the city and the sea; an exploration of the beach.
FR Une recherche photographique au sujet de la relation entre la ville et la mer ; une exploration de la plage.