Born in Paris in 1959, Brenner attended the Sorbonne, where he received a B.A. in French Literature and Social Anthropology in 1981. He later studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and earned an M.A. in Social Anthropology awarded by the Sorbonne.
In 1978, at the age of 19, Brenner embarked on his first
photography project, an exploration of Mea Shearim, an
Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. The project, which portrays how these Jews from Eastern Europe recreated diaspora in Israel, became Brenner’s first book, Jérusalem: Instants d'Éternité, published in Paris.
In 1981, Brenner began photographing Jewish communities around the world, exploring what it means to live and survive with a portable identity and how Jews adopted the traditions and manners of their home countries and yet remained part of the Jewish people. From Rome to New York, India to Yemen, Morocco to Ethiopia, Sarajevo to Samarkand, he spent 25 years chronicling the diaspora of the Jews. Along the way, he
published five books and directed three films. He also showed his work in museums and galleries around the world and has been represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York since 1990.
THIS PLACE is his initiative. Inspired by historical models like the Mission Héliographique and the Farm Security
Administration, Brenner first conceived of the project in 2006. With the advice of a group of international curators, he
selected the participating artists and invited them to Israel for two-week exploratory missions, in which they travelled throughout the region and met with a wide variety of writers, artists, activists and other thinkers.
Once the photographers defined their individual projects,
Brenner arranged their residencies and provided them with
all the necessary resources to complete their work. He now
continues to lead the project in its final phase, the public
dissemination of the artwork through exhibitions,
publications, live programs, and an ambitious digital
Matthew Brogan is an independent program consultant to non-profit cultural organizations, specializing in strategic planning, program design, and project management.
He began working with THIS PLACE in June 2008 and now serves as project director, overseeing the relationships with the participating photographers, finances, fundraising, and
planning for the dissemination of the project, including
exhibits, books, and education programs.Before becoming a
consultant, he spent 15 years working with non-profit arts
organizations, most recently as program director at
Nextbook, an organization devoted to Jewish literature,
culture, and ideas. Prior to joining Nextbook, Matthew served as executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, and as
program director at the Academy of American Poets, where he helped develop National Poetry Month, the Online Poetry
Classroom, and the Poetry Book Club.
His projects have included lecture series, festivals, web sites, panel exhibits, K-12 and university education projects, library programs, and national awareness programs.
Charlotte Cotton is a British curator who has led the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s photography department from 2007 to 2009. She then joined the staff of the National Media Museum in Bradford, England. As creative director of the museum’s planned expansion in London, she played an active role in establishing the new space and shaping its exhibition program.
Cotton came to LACMA after 12 years of curatorial work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, followed by a period of organizing projects at smaller institutions in London and New York.
In Los Angeles, she has overseen the acquisition of the
Leonard and Marjorie Vernon collection of about 3,500 prints,
organized an exhibition of Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s work and
presided over a lively series of performances, conversations and screenings.
Digital, Strategy, Production
Fabrice Nadjari is a creative entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in conceiving, producing and developing digital and print content for scientific and cultural institutions.
In the last 2 years, he conceptualized, authored, produced and partly shot a documentary visual art project named Wakhan, an Other Afghanistan. The project was shown in prominent galleries in North America, at the United Nations in NYC and published by major media outlets in more than 20 countries, awarded by the first prize National Geographic Photo Contest and nominated for an EMMY award. He is now the co-founder of NY-based creative bureau Studio 55.
A scholar, teacher, writer and editor, Brigitte Sion holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. Her interdisciplinary research examines the conflicting activities taking place at memorial sites after mass violence, particularly in post-Holocaust Germany, post-dictatorship Argentina, and post-genocide Cambodia.
She is the author, co-author or editor of six published books, and has written over 5,500 newspaper articles about arts and culture and current events. She was the managing director of Frédéric Brenner’s multi-media Diaspora project in 2002-2003.
Bonnie Boxer has lived more than half her life in Israel. In her career as a philanthropy professional, she dealt primarily with issues of civil society, environment and democracy. More
recently, she worked with the Ministry of Environmental
Protection on advancing the field of social environmental
businesses. She joined the project to help a friend, Frederic
Brenner, realize his dream.
Kratsman is an internationally-acclaimed Israeli artist who was born in 1959 in Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1971. His photographs appear regularly in Ha'aretz newspaper in the column The Twilight Zone on which he is signed together with journalist Gideon Levi. Since 2006 he presides as head of the photography department of Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem.
Hamutal Weisel is a graduate of The Department of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Until recently she served as the festival coordinator at The International Women’s Film Festival, Israel, and previously was a writer and an editor in Bamarom online magazine , and an assistant director and a programme researcher in various television shows in the Israeli Educational Television and Ananey Communications.