I was born in Israel in 1982. In 2004 I started studying photography and education at The NB (WIZO) Haifa School of Design. I completed my studies in 2008 and received a bachelor's degree B.Ed.Des. During that time my main focus in photography was on creating environmental portraitures. I used to photograph residents in old neighbourhoods in their homes. The photo shoots were ‘spontaneous’ with black and white film and a 4x5 camera. In 2010 I moved to London. Between 2011 and 2012 I studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London for a Master of Arts degree in Photography and Urban Cultures. I lived in London until 2014 and during that time created several photography and video projects about council estates in eastern London portraying the changes affected by the 2012 London Olympics on the lives of the residents (video and stills). During that time, I also started my long-term project in which I restaged old photographs from various family albums with the descendants of the people photographed in the old photographs (The Time Elapsed Between Two Frames). In the course of that time I also had numerous group exhibitions and participated in several photography festivals in London. Between 2015 and 2017 I studied Phototherapy and received a diploma from Musrara School of Art in Jerusalem. Throughout that period, I started working on video journals - excerpts of contemporary videos I made mixed with old video footage from my childhood. In 2018-2019 I was invited by the FO.KU.S gallery in Innsbruck Austria for a residency to realize a second part to my project The Time Elapsed Between Two Frames with the local community. I also received The Mifal Hapais Council for the Cultures and Arts Grant for residencies support in 2019. The outcome of that residency, including the first part of the project, was exhibited in a solo exhibition AHNEN. Neue Porträts in the gallery in 2019. My works are represented in the FO.KU.S Gallery collection. In the beginning of 2020 I was selected for the artist exchange residency at Düsseldorf by the Cary & Dan Bronner Foundation, Kunststiftung NRW, Goethe-Institut and Tel Aviv artists studios artist exchange residency.

My work has been covered by the media: Der Spiegel, Die Welt, 3sat, ORF, Arte etc.



Master of Arts

Photography and Urban Cultures

Goldsmiths College, University of London



B.Ed.Des Photography and Education

The NB (Wizo) Haifa School of Design



Phototherapy Studies

Musrara School of Art

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

AHNEN. Neue Porträts 

FO.KU.S Foto Kunst Stadtforum

Innsbruck  2019

Mishkan Museum of Art  

Ein Harod, Israel  2020


INN SITU - Photography, Music, Dialogue 

FO.KU.S Foto Kunst Stadtforum

Innsbruck  Austria  2018

Düsseldorf artist exchange residency

Cary & Dan Bronner Foundation, Kunststiftung NRW, Goethe-Institut and Tel Aviv artists studios  2020

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