Selected Works

Yael Shachar, b-1974, lives and works in Israel, an 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.”