The Israeli Program
Every year six Israeli artists in different stages of their artistic career are chosen for a yearlong residency program. The open call for the program is published once a year, and artists are chosen by an international independent jury that changes yearly.
During the residency year the artists continue their individual artistic practice while participating in weekly meetings, workshops and art tours. The process based program includes a studio at Artport, a monthly stipend, and close curatorial support.
The International Program
International artists and curators are invited to be part of the Artport residency program for a period of one to three months. The international residents take part in the residency activities, including weekly meetings, studio visits and art tours. They are provided with a one-bedroom apartment in Jaffa, and a studio at Artport’s building.
The International program is by invitation only and through exchange programs with similar artist in residence programs around the world.
Professional Tools Workshops
The Artists Career Development Program (ACDP) in collaboration with Asylum Arts, aims to strengthen the local art community by providing artists with professional tools to help them navigate the local and international art world. The three-day workshop, followed by other workshops throughout the year, focuses on subjects such as
Cooperation and exchange programs
Residency in Pictures
Dor Zlekha Levy
Halil Balabin & Merav Kamel
Georg Keller is an artist and theater director born 1981 in Zug, Switzerland. He lives and works in Zurich and Warsaw. Keller studied Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zürich and Warsaw (2002-2008).
In his work, Keller mainly focuses on the structures and functions of a globalized world and the effects it causes humans. He developed an artistic language, loosely following the postmodern theory of performative science by Jean-Francois Lyotard; performance in the sense of an artistic action and also as economic earnings. This allows him to introduce new narrations and perspectives on economic matters. Keller founded his own company, “Georg Keller Unternehmungen a brand like a friend”, which he uses as a source for artistic research on economics and inscenisation. His works have been shown in many museums in Switzerland and all over Europe. In recent years, he also started showing his work in theaters, where he develops his own plays.
The work practise of Katharina Schücke evolves around the question of what constitutes an image today, in a time with constant overload of information and imagined desires through media. Her interests lies in identites, bodies and the shaping of both. Such as first and foremost the internet, where the background less and less frequently rises through the shining surfaces, she collects imagery from to create expressive drawings through collage.
Schückes work practise includes to also foster colaborations with further experts. After organising ephemeral exhibitions in hotel rooms called Soft Walls Become Water wwww, an intensive collective work has developed since 2016, she has been working as part of artist collective HazMatLab intensively. In sharing knowledge, supporting individual expertise and gaining knowledge in their experiment-based sculptural work with Sandra Havlicek and Tina Kohlmann HazMatLab pushes forward the boundaries of the perception of contemporary art practise. See interview on artfridge for some details.
לאמן זה אין עבודות באתר
Marlene Steyn & Àngels Miralda
Hilla Toony Navok
Joseph del Pesco
Nathanja van Dijk
Natalia Zourabova was born in Moscow, Russia in 1975, and is currently based in Tel Aviv. She studied at the Russian Academy of Theater Art in Moscow and the University of Arts in Berlin.
Zourabova is primarily a figurative painter who paints from observation. She paints scenes that she knows intimately – oftentimes city streets in her Tel Aviv neighborhood, or familiar interiors. Color is central to Zourabova’s work; her palette and the mood of her paintings range from naturalistic to absurd, and her paintings vary along the spectrum of realism to abstraction. Her education at the Russian Academy of Theater Art has a clear influence on Zourabova’s work. The scenes that she paints resemble sets, and the inhabitants, a cast of characters. Furthermore, Zourabova’s works are frequently performative in nature. When she paints from observation she is oftentimes in full view of her subjects, in a public space. Zourabova has also created several artworks to be installed in public spaces. Her public education project, The Shmezalel School of Art, invites the participants to paint from observation and engage with their surroundings – their audience, so to speak – and she is most satisfied when their engagement is reciprocated. In one notable project, playfully named the “Shmezalel Museum,” Zourabova invited models to pose as figures from famous paintings and the class participants painted them against the backdrop of the city. At the end of the project, the results were displayed in outdoor, public areas as well.
In 2011 Zourabova founded the New Barbizon artist collective with four other painters. Together they have exhibited at such venues as the Ein Harod Museum, Israel (2017); the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2017); and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin (2017).
Zourabova has exhibited various solo shows in Israel, at the Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv (2014); Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv (2012); and Janco Dada Museum, Ein-Hod (2005); as well as at the Iragui Gallery in Russia (2008, 2013). She has participated in group shows internationally at such venues as the Mediterranean Biennale (2013); The Israel Museum (2015, 2018); Salaisons in Paris, France (2010); and the Vasternorrland Museum in Sweden (2000). Her work belongs to the permanent collection of the Israel Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Zourabova has received several prizes and grants for her work, including the Prize of the Minister of Immigration (“Alyia and Klita”); Yuri Stern, Israel; Israel Institute, Texas (2017); Mifal HaPais, Israel (2016); Asylum Art, USA (2015-2016); PRO HELVETIA, Switzerland (2000); and Kultur Axe, Austria (1999). She completed her Artport residency in 2015. In November, 2018 she completed a residency with the Zumu Museum in Arad, Israel.
Guy Goldstein (b. 1974, Haifa) lives and works in Tel Aviv. He studied Visual Communication at The Wizo Haifa Academy of Design before graduating with an MFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. He currently directs the Visual Communication department at Musrara, The Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society, Jerusalem.
Goldstein's work engages with medium transitions between image and text, sound and object; back and forth translations between form, color and time; and the delicate relations between silence and noise. As a visual artist who also writes and composes music, his work draws upon the affinities between the visual and the sonic, employing materials and tools of music and sound. Goldstein’s interest in exploring the meaning of noise for different people led him to examine the disruption of mythical narratives and social, religious and political conflicts, either contemporary or historical ones, and to realize the sonic and musical influences they have over a society. Vocal tension, collisions between mechanical objects and vain attempts to foster cooperation and harmony between objects, sounds, and narratives, characterize his work. The virtual materiality of sound enables Goldstein to mold it into a form that holds a multiplicity of possible positions, an abstract diagram which is capable of materializing in countless manifestations.
Goldstein has exhibited solo at such venues as The Contemporary, Austin, Texas (2020 - scheduled); Jewish Museum, New York (2020 - scheduled); Petah Tikva Museum of Contemporary Art (2018, 2014); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2017); Školská 28 Gallery, Prague (2015); Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington DC (2015); Omi International Art Center, Ghent, New York (2014). Selected group exhibitions include: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2016); Ostrale O16, Dresden (2016); 5th Mediations Biennale, Poznań (2016); Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2015); The Artist Festival #3, Zachęta, Warsaw (2015); KW, Berlin (2014); Pavilion 0, Palazzo Dona, Venice Biennale (2013); Les Gens Heureux Gallery, Copenhagen (2013).
Goldstein has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including the Keshet Award for Contemporary Art Founded by the Bar-Gil Avidan Family (2016); Lottery Council for Culture and Art Award (2015); Artis grant (2015); Outset Contemporary Art Fund grant (2014); Israel Ministry of Science and Culture Award (2012); America-Israel Cultural Foundation Award (2008-2009). He completed a residency at Artport in 2015.
Public Movement is a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. For the last 13 years, Public Movement has explored the regulations, forces, agents, and policies, formations of identity and systems of ritual which govern the dynamics of public life and public space.
In 2018 Public Movement presented its first solo exhibition in Italy, Temporary Orders, in the Vistamarestudio gallery, Milan. In the same year they performed The Interview, which was first presented in Artport, Tel Aviv, in the Beit Uri and Rami Nehostan Museum, Beit Hagefen Gallery, Haifa, and CCA Tel Aviv. In 2017 the group performed Rescue in the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus. In 2016 Public Movement presented Debriefing Session II and Choreographies of Power in the Guggenheim Museum, New York, as part of the exhibition: But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa. In 2015 the group’s solo exhibition, National Collection, took place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and in the same year the book Solution 263: Double Agent, written by Alhena Katsof and Dana Yahalomi, was published by Sternberg Press. Public Movement won the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts (2017), and was shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize at the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, in 2014. The group performed in the Asian Art Biennial, Taipei; Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz; Berlin Biennial; New Museum Triennial, New York; Performa, New York; Gothenburg Biennial, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw; the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; and the Theater Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.
Public Movement was founded in December 2006 by Dana Yahalomi and Omer Krieger. Yahalomi became the sole director of the group in 2011.
Tzion Abraham Hazan
Hinda Weiss is a photographer and video artist, born in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Jerusalem. Weiss holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from the Midrasha School of Art, Beit Berl. She is currently based in New York.
Weiss’s works are compositions of landscapes that are charged with local histories and echo contemporary human existence. Using photography, video and sound manipulation with digital adaptation techniques, Weiss merges places and times into non-existent yet familiar environments. Contradictory to the “high-tech,” highly processed editing methods she uses, the way Weiss collects these materials is extremely basic: alone, with a small camera.
Weiss’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and video screenings in venues such as the Tel Aviv Museum and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Weiss has received numerous awards and prizes including the Artis Exhibition Grant, the Ostrovsky Family Fund Grant, and the Outset Contemporary Art Fund Young International Artist Award. She completed a residency with Artport in 2015. Weiss's work can be found in the collections of the Israel Museum, the Herzliya Museum, and the Shpilman Institute for Photography, as well as private collections.
Valerio Rocco Orlando
Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky
Angel Borrego Cubero
Rafram Chaddad was born in 1976 in Tunisia. He was raised in Jerusalem, and graduated from the Musrara school of photography and new media. In 2010, while working on a photography project in Libya, Rafram was kidnapped by the secret police and spent six months in prison. His book about this affair was published in 2013. Chaddad is currently based in Tunisia.
Chaddad is a multidisciplinary artist, often working with sculpture, installation, and video. He is a storyteller, and draws from stories that are biographical in nature, oftentimes from his own family history. Chaddad approaches these stories from a manual and tactile angle. Food and traditional craftsmanship are tools at his disposal to tell a tangible truth that can never be too far removed from the viewer. With his works, Chaddad aims to to stop life and show it – to revel in the day-to-day sensory experiences of eating, creating, living in a certain location and culture. Chaddad works in the mode of relational aesthetics; he seeks audience interaction, and in his work hopes to spark conversation around questions of belonging and identity
Chaddad’s work has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as Mekudeshet Festival, Jerusalem; Jaou Festival, Kram; Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf; Herzliya Museum, Herzliya; Kayu Lucie Fontaine Gallery, Bali and Lucie Fontaine Milan; Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv; Halle 14, Leipzig; and Zalatimo, Jerusalem. Chaddad has exhibited solo at the Muceum Museum in Marseilles and Maximilian Forum / Platform Munich. He has received grants from the Kamal Lazaar Foundation, Halle 14, Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation, and received the Bronner stipend from the Goethe Institute. Chaddad completed a residency with Artport in 2012.
Yair Perez (b. 1978) is a painter based in Tel Aviv. He studied at Hamidrasha art school, Beit Berl.
Perez’s paintings are characterized by their large scale and percussive, chaotic mixtures of abstract and figurative elements. Their effect is immediate and atmospheric. They look unfinished, imperfect, torn, and long to be fulfilled, inviting the reader to step inside and continue the thread of thought that Perez has begun.
Perez often returns to old works and paints over them, or adds elements of collage. His paintings are multilayered, without an anchor point – instead they embody a continual search that is at once visceral, visual, mental, and emotional. Perez is inspired by cubism, wherein a subject is visualized from multiple angles, creating layers of time in which it exists.
Perez dismantles, shuffles, and rebuilds figurative elements to create wildly distorted characters. He opens up the body, seeing it at its most grotesque and vulnerable. His paintings contain a mixture of abstract and figurative elements, but rather than see these two components as two separate modes of thought, the human figure is a frame of reference with which he approaches the entirety of the painting.
Perez received the Young Artist Award Israeli Ministry of Culture in 2014. He has presented several solo exhibitions at such institutions as Sadnaot HaOmanim (Tel Aviv; 2018), Hezi Cohen Gallery (Tel Aviv; 2016), and the Haifa Museum (2012). and his work has been included in group exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum (2014), and Festival de la Arte (Mallorca, Spain; 2017). Perez completed an Artport residency in 2013.