Hagar Cygler completed her bachelor’s from the Department of Photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 2006, and in 2017, received her master’s degree in Photography and Media at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, California.
Cygler held solo exhibitions at Pracownia Portretu Gallery (Lodz, Poland, 2019), Kav-16 Gallery (Tel Aviv, 2018), Nolovez Gallery (Tel Aviv, 2018) and AJU Gallery (Los Angeles, California, 2017). Additionally, she published “Hana”- by the Sternthal publishing company, and self-published “Faded but Not Forgotten” with the support of WORD: Bruce Geller Memorial Prize. Cygler participated in group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad, and held residencies at the POLIN Museum (Warsaw, Poland), the Greatmore Studios program (Cape Town, South Africa) and the Asylum Arts programs (Los Angeles and New York, USA). She works in the larger context of archives and collections, focusing on the classification and reorganization of material and information. Her focus is on personal and historical memory, and by connecting photographs with personal and anonymous objects, she explores the act of collecting and its role within the archive as cultural memory. Cygler has assisted artists and curators in Israel and abroad in research, teaching, and management of private archives, and currently manages the video archive and Ezra Orion Collection at the Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon (2018).