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Biography


Contact: shai-stu @inter.net.il Born in Israel (1957)

Artist, and a green activist, creates in photography and in conceptual art involving installations and multi-media to react upon ecological and environmental issues. Works as a lecturer and curator of photography and of eco-art, besides her work in her photography studio.

Initiated and established :(1996),'Matzilim Yerukim'( Green Savers ), an ecology movement in Israel, (1999) Environmental Forum of Mateh Yehuda regional council, "The First International Art & Ecology Conference" in Israel and founder and chairperson of "The Israeli Forum For Ecological Art".

Chosen to represent Israel with 'Faces and Facets'- her traveling photo exhibition in Ohio, USA through 1998, and to participate in an international conference on community & environment In Nevada, 2000.

Author of 'Faces and Facets' (1994) and winner of the second Biennale prize for photography at the Ein Harod Museum (1988). Teaches Ecological art course in the center for Visual Art, Key college, in Beer-Sheva, first course in Israel (2000), winner of the "Artist-teacher prize" for 2000, from the ministry of culture. Has exhibited in Greece, Germany, Italy, China, the USA and Israel in 29 group shows and 19 solo exhibitions.

Formal Art Studies

1982 B.A, History of Art, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

1985 Graduate of the Photography Department of the Hadassah College, Jerusalem

2000 - MA-first year of a master degree (including thesis), in "Art & Environmental policy".

One-Person Exhibition (selection)

1988 'The Creation-Part II', Artist's Workshop -Aika Gallery, Jerusalem

1990 'Distant Intimacy: Armenians in Jerusalem', Jerusalem Theater Gallery

1992 'Vanishing Memory', Artifact Gallery, Tel Aviv

1993 'Photo Synkyria', Photography Month in Thessaloniki, Greece

1994 'Faces and Facets', Herzilya Museum of Modern Art, Haifa Museum of Modern Art

1995 'Faces and Facets', The Israeli Parliament (The Knesset), Jerusalem

1995 'Faces and Facets', Jewish Museum, Washington D.C, U.S.A

1966 'Brain of the Braid', Art Focus, with Dov Or-Ner, in Zakai's studio, Srigim

1997 'Brain of the Braid', part II, Bar David Museum

1997 'Brain of the Braid-The 4th Part of the Trilogy', HaKibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv

1998 'Brain of the Braid-Diary of Events', Artists House, Tel Aviv

1998 'Faces and Facets', Fitton Center, Hamilton, Art Space, Lima, Ohio.

2001 - Environment - "Have you cleaned a creek today?, Concrete Creek, part A".

Group Exhibitions ( selection)

1988 'Photographers Against the Strong Arm', Rega Gallery, Camera Obscura Gallery and Tsavta Gallery 'The Second Photography Biennale', Ein Harod Museum

1990 'Jerusalem in the Eyes of Photojournalists', The Jerusalem Theater Gallery, Jerusalem

1990 'The Borders of Peace', Givat Haviva

1990 'Black and White in Colors', Haifa Auditorium, (Haifa Film Festival)

1992 6th International Photographic Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

1994 'Landscape Units', 'Art Focus', Aman Studio, Hadera

1995 'The Professional Photographers Association of Israel', Torino, Italy

1995 'Tautology', The Bet Gabriel Gallery, Kinneret

1997 'Brain of the Braid', part II, Bar David Museum 1997 'Ho Mama', Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art

1997 'Ho Mama', Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art

1997 Arbeit Museum, Germany

1998 Memorandum', Ashdod Museum

1998 Reservoirs: North-South Dialog', Beeri Gallery

1998 Artishock Group Exhibition No.1', Contemporary Art at Daphna Naor's, Jerusalem

1999 Spots" - Israel museum, Jerusalem

1999 60 years of settlements, Hashfela Museum 1999 Um El Fahem, Plow of man and land.

2000 Millenium exhibition, Engel Gallery, Tel-Aviv 2000 The tree in contemporary Art, Hashfela museum.

2000 "Beyond The Pleasure of Principle" - Artists' workshop Gallery, Jerusalem

2000 Hundred Years of Photography in Israel - Manet Catz Museum, Haifa

2000 This is my country, Engel Gallery, T.A.

Books (selection)

1987 'Mommy and Daddy's Baby Bird', Tamar Bergman, Keter Publishing (Photographs)

1988 'Porcupines of Efrata Street', Daniella Carmi, Ma'ariv Publishers (Photographs)

1994 'Faces and Facets', Shai Zakai, M.O.D Publishing House.

2001 - 'The photographers' Millenium Book', Photographers' association, Israel

Catalogues (selection) & publications

1988 The Second Photography Biennale, Ein Harod Museum

1990 'Black and White in Colors', Haifa Auditorium, (Haifa Film Festival)

1990 6th International Photographic Art Exhibition, Beijing, China

1993 'Photo Synkyria', Photography Month in Thessaloniki, Greece

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