Shir Handelsman

    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.


    1989       Born in Israel, lives and work in Tel Aviv


    2014 – 2018       BFA, The department of multidisciplinary arts, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel

    2017       École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Student Exchange Program, Paris, France

    2010 – 2013       B.A in Literature and Philosophy (Graduated with honors), Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Selected Exhibitions and Screenings


    • Jerusalem Film Festival – Video Art and Experimental Cinema Competition, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Israel
    • Extravagant Bodies: Love, Hala V, The Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, Zagreb, Croatia
    • The 11th Magmart Video Festival, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy
    • Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival 2019, Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Israel
    • Eye’s Walk Digital festival 2019, Syros, Greece
    • Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival, Momus Experimental Center for the Arts, Thessaloniki, Greece
    • Zoom 2019–Young Israeli Artists, The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • The BF Artist Film Festival VIII, SERF, Leeds & SET, London, UK
    • “Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling 2019”, Group exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen,  Denmark


    • The Constant Variable / Shelter Time, group exhibition, Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Beyond Words, group exhibition, ArtspaceTLV, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Morendo, Graduate exhibition, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel


    • Fanzines, group exhibition, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France


    • Art and Emotion, group exhibition, Shenkar Collegeof Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel

    Awards and Prizes

    2018       Excellence Grant Recipient from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation

    2017       Pessa and Rebecca Blumenkopf  Foundation  Scholarship

    Military Service

    2010 – 2007         Excelling Musician