Artist Statement


I grew up in Paris and Tel Aviv. Currently, I live and work in Tel Aviv. An artist-photographer, I am a graduate of the Photography Department from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.

I integrate straight and staged photography in my works, mainly working on series defined by subject matter. The series are presented as complete units or in an open-ended manner. Most times, I work on long-term projects.

My works shift between the private space and the public space. This practice began with the examination of private space in the exhibition Visual Diaries (Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2002), continued with Home Cooking (Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, 2005), the artist's book Family Meal (Hargol Publishing and Am Oved, 2007) and works from the exhibition Family Files (The Jewish Museum, Munich, 2009). These works focus on home and family, raising questions about abuse and trauma from the viewpoint of gender.

The transition to the study of the public arena came about in 2009 when I joined a team of Machsom Watch members, traveling with them to the Kalandia checkpoint for four years. This was an activist move, encompassing my intention to learn about the occupation from the ground up. The materials I photographed at the checkpoint were presented in the exhibition Kalandia (Tel Aviv Artists House, 2014).
At the same time, I started photographing the Israeli public space. My photographs are the fruit of my search for images that cast an ironic, critical gaze upon the place we live in.

Since 2011, I have been maintaining a visual journal based on wandering. I post images from the journal on Facebook, which I see as an alternative exhibit space, allowing me to have a direct dialogue with the viewers. The journal started with series of images taken around my home in central Tel Aviv. These materials were taken from Facebook and presented in the exhibition Within Walking Distance (Contemporary by Golconda Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2013).

Over time, my range broadened from Tel Aviv to all over the country as I sought to study the way visual, social, and political characteristics enter the public domain in Israel. The works from that period were shown in Homeland (Herzliya Museum, 2019).

The desire to become acquainted with the society in which I live and to better understand how the public space reflects it has led me to initiate Sojourn – an independent residency project that began in 2016, its end date yet unknown. Three times a year, I travel to a locality I am not familiar with. I stay there for one week, meet social activists, study the place, write a diary, and take pictures. My goal is to sojourn in all the various types of settlements in Israel, including all sections of the population. Up till now, I have created a digital library made up of ten books, one for each sojourn, from the accumulated visual and textual materials. In the future, the project will have additional manners of presentation: lectures, exhibitions, printed books.

In the past two years, I have again been active in the private space, working on the exhibition Double Take, a project in which I revisit the charged subject of home and family and look anew at the artist-book, Family Meal, thirteen years after its publication. At the time, I chose to publish the book as a single work without an exhibition. In light of the discourse in the #MeToo era, the subject has aroused a new interest and it seems essential for me to re-examine it, add new materials, and display it this time as an exhibition.

My work, then, might be defined as a political-social diary based on wandering, in which I attempt to point out aspects of society we prefer not to see like: sexual abuse, power balance, the occupation.



Studies

1982-1986 - Photography, B.F.A, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1981-1982 - Psychology and Art history, Haifa University
1980-1981 - Photography, Camera Obscura School of Art, Tel Aviv
 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2019 - "Homeland", Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
2014 - "Qalandiya", The Artists House, Tel Aviv
2013 - "Within Walking Distance", Contemporary by Golconda Art Gallery, Tel Aviv 
2010 - "Scrabble", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv 
2005 - "Home Cooking", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv 
2002 - "Visual Diaries", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv  
2000 - "Voices", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv 
1999 - "Trees", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1992 - "Journey-Epiphanies", Kalisher Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1990 - Bograshov Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv

 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2019 - "Utopia Hotel", Fresh Paint fair, Tel Aviv
2019 - "Prom", Fresh Paint fair, Tel Aviv
2018 - "Flower Power", Circle1 Gallery, Berlin
2018 - "Flower Power", Am Rathaus Gallery, Norderstedt
2018 - "Free Entrance", kav 16 Gallery, Tel Aviv
2017 - "Aiming for Touch (down)", P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv
2016 - "Rock, Paper and Scissors", Haifa Museum youth wing, Haifa
2016 - "Quest", Benyamini Center, Tel Aviv, Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai
2014 -"Mazal U'Bracha|Luck and a Blessing", Beit Hatfutsot Jewish Museum, Tel Aviv
2014 - "Quartet", Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv
2014 - "Journeys", The Israel Museum youth wing, Jerusalem  
2012 - "Portraits of Cain", Ben Gurion University Gallery, Beer Sheva  
2011 - "Schooling", Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art, Bat Yam
2010 - "Family Files", Jewish Museum, Munich 2011 -
2010 - "Re-Location", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv
2009 - "Final Edition", Ben Gurion University Gallery, Beer Sheva
2008 - "Language & Gender", Artneuland Gallery, Berlin
2005 - "Beauty And The Book", The Israel Museum youth wing, Jerusalem
2003 - "Pablic Domain", Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2002 - The Minister of Culture Award Winners, Tel Aviv Museum of Art  
2002 - Art Forum, Berlin     
2002 - "A Question of Taste", The Israel Museum youth wing, Jerusalem 
2002 - "Diaries", Chelouche Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv 
2000 - "Photo-Fest", Margollis Gallery, Houston
1998 - "Distortions", School of Art, Nime
1998 - "The Lesser Light", The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1998 - "Condition Report", The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1993 - "Black", limbus Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1992 - "New Directions in Israeli Photography", The Artists House, Jerusalem
 

Artist Books and catalogs

 

2019 - Published  the book, "Homeland,"  following the solo exhibision at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. 
2013 - Published the catalog, "Within Walking Distance,"  following  the solo exhibition at the Contemporary by Golconda Gallery in Tel-Aviv 
2007 - Published the Artist Book, "Family Meal,"  Am Oved Publications

 
Works in catalogs and books

2019 - "Scene of Events" exhibition catalog, Herzliya Museum
2014 - "Myth and Prejudice" exhibition catalog, Beit Hatfutsot Museum, Tel Aviv
2011 - "Schooling" exhibition catalog, the Bat-Yam Museum
2010 - "Family Files" exhibition catalog, Jewish Museum, Munich
2008 - "Limbus", Hakibbutz Hameuchad publisher
2003 - "The land's Potographers", by Guy Raz, Hakibbutz Hameuchad publisher

 
Awards

2002 - Israel Ministry of Culture Prize for the Encouragement of Visual Arts
1985 - America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship
 

Selected collections

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Herzliya Museum, Herzeliya
The Bat-Yam Museum, Bat-yam
The O.R.S. Art Collection
The Comme il Faut Art Collection
Private Collections