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Yaara Zach

Yaara Zach


Yaara Zach (1984) lives and works in Tel Aviv. She creates sculpture-based installations. Her objects and object-based installations are made of transformed readymade objects and industrial materials. 

The human body, which is central to her work, doesn’t appear in the installations in its own right. It is embedded in those ready-mades and materials, and in the gestures taken upon them. The sculptures are charged with meaning in relation to the spectator’s body and movement, while the spectator’s body is becoming part of the installation. They transcend a gender binary, by combining masculine with feminine elements, or denying their very existence.

In the last years, Zach’s work has been related to active and passive positions and roles, as well as to notions of ability and disability. Her sculptural environments create arenas of past or foreseen events, while the spectator adopts the role of a witness.

Education and teaching:

Yaara Zach holds a BFA and an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. She is a lecturer at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art, Ramat Gan.

Exhibitions and Prizes:

Zach’s works have been included in various solo and group exhibitions in Israeli and international exhibition venues including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; the Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon; Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv; Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv; The Brno House of Arts, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv; Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Ashdod Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art; and Petach Tikva Museum of Art. Zach’s artist book Lay Low was published on 2018.

Zach has received awards for her work from various foundations and institutions, both within Israel and abroad, including merit prizes from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2009, 2010); The Rabinovich Foundation with the Tel Aviv Municipality Special Project Grant (2013, 2015); a grant from the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts (2017); a residency with Outset StudioMakers, Tel Aviv (2018); a residency with MeetFactory, Prauge (2019); the Artis Project Grant (2017); and a grant from Asylum Arts (2017). She completed an Artport residency in 2017 and in 2018 received the organization’s alumni support.

In partnership with ARTPORT Tel Aviv, 8 Ha'Amal St., Tel Aviv

Date of recidency: 29. 8.–25. 10. 2019