Selected Works

Yael Shachar was born in 1974, in Israel and she lives and works in Israel.

Yael Shachar is a interdisciplinary artist working mostly with photography and documentary cinema. A graduate of the ‘Musrara’ School of photography in Jerusalem, completed with Honors, (2001). Shachar previously exhibited in four major solo shows in Israel and directed an internationally acclaimed documentary called ‘Melissa MOM and Me’ (2010). She is currently working on a variety of projects and a new documentary.

“In my work I often depict people that are a part of my everyday life, while observing the various coping mechanisms with issues such as sexuality, culture, gender and taboos. My work often deals with the wide connotations these everyday dealings bring forth and the conflicts they induce. One of the dominant themes is the unique fabric and social climate of Israel and the way it reacts to the Americanisation process and the capitalist influences. 

I attempt to capture the abnormalities that occur within known conventions that are an inherent part of the immediate surroundings. The work is often visually seductive and uses techniques of photography that are part of these conventions, but are used to draw the viewers away from their comfort zone.”

Education
1998-2001 Musrara – The Naggar School of art. Graduated with honors

Solo Exhibitions
2013       Angel No.7, Mika Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011       Wanna Play?, Ramat Gan Museum, Israel
2008       Snow-White, Tova Osman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2003       Renaissance, Igal Alon Museum, Genosar, Israel

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017       50 YEARS, B’tselem, Jaffa Salon of Art, Israel
2017       Free Radicals and Antioxidants, The New Gallery – Musrara, Jerusalem, Israel
2017       In The Place Where We Stand II, CIRCLE1, Berlin, Germany
2017       Musrara Mix, Jerusalem, Israel
2016       In the Place Where We Stand, JCC, Manhattan, NY, USA
2016       Manofim, “A Woman Under the Influence”, The New Gallery – Musrara, Jerusalem, Israel
2016       Guests, Triangle – Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel
2016       Triple Group, Triangle – Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014       Meeting +, Ilana Goor Museum, Jaffa, Israel
2014       Holding, Spaceship Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2013       Friday Sunday After, Ramat Gan Museum, Israel
2013       Photo Poetics, Musrara Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
2012       The End of the World 2012, Meyuhas Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011       The Toy project, Tel-Aviv Port, Israel
2010      Mirror Mirror 3, Tova Osman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2009      Willful Action”, Barzilai, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2009      30 years – Tova Osman Gallery, The Artists House, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2009      Mirror Mirror 2, Tova Osman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2001       Illusion of Reality, Tel-Hai Museum, Tel-Hai, Israel
2001       Voyeurism, Hazira, Jerusalem, Israel

Art Fairs
2016       Fresh Paint 8, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
2016       Affordable Art Fair, NYC, USA
2015       Affordable Art Fair, NYC, USA
2014       SCOPE, International Contemporary Art Show, Miami, USA
2014       Fresh Paint 7, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012       Fresh paint 5, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel
2011       Fresh Paint 4, Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv, Israel

Film Documentary
“A Whore like me”, Director, Script & Research: Yael Shachar & Sharon Yaish, Daroma productions. Broadcasters and Funds: Yes Docu, The New Fund for Cinema and TV, Culture Pais (2019)
2020       Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival (ITWIFF), NYC, USA
2020       Won the Radical Award, At the International premiere in the Women Texas Film Festival, USA.
2019       Premiere at the Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel
2019       Ophir Winner (Israeli Oscar winner best Documentary)
2019       The Israeli Documentary Creator Forum, Winner the best documentary film award, Nominated: edit award, sound design award, research award
* Shown at the following theaters:
“Tel Aviv Cinematheque”, “Jerusalem Cinematheque”, “Haifa Cinematheque”, “Herzliya Cinematheque”, “Holon Cinematheque”, “Sderot Cinematheque” “Rosh-pina Cinematheque”

“Melissa Mom and Me”, Documentary by Yael Shachar & Limor Pinhasov, Cicero Films (2012)
2012       Subsidized by Channel 8 – Noga Communications, The Rabinovich Foundation – Cinema project
2012       One World Romania, International Documentary Film Festival
2012       International Digital Film Festival – UFO 0110 – New Delhi
2011       Hot Docs, Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
2011       Raindance Film Festival, London, UK
2011       Documentary Film Festival, Philadelphia, USA
2011       International Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010       Premiere at the International Women’s Film Festival, Israel
* Shown at the following theaters:
“Tel Aviv Cinematheque”, “Jerusalem Cinematheque”, “Haifa Cinematheque”

Awards
2020      The Radical Award, Women Texas Film Festival
2019       Ophir Winner (Israeli Oscar winner best Documentary)
2019       The Israeli Documentary Creator Forum: Winner the best documentary film award
2011       Winner of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) of Excellence for Television Documentary – Malaysia
2011        Best Screenplay Award, Documentary Film Festival Philadelphia
2001       Mayor of Jerusalem Award

Collections
The Dean collection
Ramat Gan Museum Collection
Private collections