Ofer Wolberger‘s solo exhibition, (Life With) Maggie, is currently on view at Michael Hoppen Contemporary in London. The photographs on view depict Maggie–a fictional character with a a rosy-cheeked, stale-smiled, plastic-masked face and a wardrobe that would make any fan of vintage swoon–posing stiffly at various locations around the world. Like a retro poster child for the Independent Woman, Maggie is traipsing the globe in search of self-identity within a global context. Wolberger presents us with Maggie’s journey in contrast to the web-based social networking that connects so many of us worldwide these days, though we generally do so without ever leaving our desk chair. The irony is that “Maggie” is portrayed by the artist’s fiance, Billie Martineau–whom Wolberger met via an online social networking site before meeting in person.
Ofer Wolberger lives and works in New York. He received his MFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts and his BA from State University New York. He is the recipient of The Humble Arts Foundation Spring 2008 Grant for Emerging Photographers. In 2009 his work has been or will be exhibited internationally in Seoul, South Korea; Berlin, Germany; and London, England, among other places. Last year his work was featured in Tim Barber’s Various Photographs as part of the New York Photo Festival, and in 2007 his work was featured in TH Inside’s Noise exhibition in both Milan and Berlin as well as in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. Ofer’s photographs have been featured in several international publications including The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Spin, GQ, Life and Big Magazine.