Shir Handelsman was born in 1989. He lives and works in Tel Aviv and graduated his BFA studies at the Department of Multidisciplinary Art of Shenkar College in 2018. He specialized in video, sound, drawing, sculpture, and installation. In 2017 he attended an exchange program at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris.
Shir began his professional career as a musician, a saxophone player, and performer. He participated in various ensembles and jazz orchestras and composed music for theater productions. After completing his military service as an Excelling Musician (2010), Shir began his BA studies in literature and philosophy at Tel Aviv University, which he graduated with honors (2013).
In his works, Shir explores the relations between sound and visual images by using human encounters and situations that become surreal and absurd. He creates damaged sound machines, visual disturbances, and manipulations on the image, in order to expose the disruptions that exist also in intimate human relations.
Exhibitions & Selected Screenings:
2019 – Zoom 2019: Young Israeli Artists, The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv
2019 – The BF Artist Film Festival VIII, SERF, Leeds & SET, London, UK
2019 – “Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling 2019”, Group exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2018 – The Constant Variable / Shelter Time, group exhibition, Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel
2018 – “Beyond Words”, Group exhibition at Artspacetlv, Tel Aviv
2018 – “Morendo”, Final exhibition at Shenkar College, Ramat Gan, Israel
2018 – America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for Visual Arts