Shir Handelsman

    Grant Recipient
    • Visual Arts
    • Film

    Tel Aviv, Israel

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    March 1, 2021 - June 10, 2021

    Tel Aviv 69975, Israel

    Shir Handelsman is a multidisciplinary artist, 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. Recipient of Excellence Grant from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, 2018.

    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, which become surreal and absurd. He creates damaged sound machines, visual disturbances, and manipulations on the image, in order to expose the disruptions that exist in intimate human relations. His works have been exhibited in Kunsthal Charlottenborg gallery (Denmark), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (UK), Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel) , Video Art & Experimental Film Festival (New York, USA) and more.






    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


    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


    Group Exhibitions


    Malamegi Lab 14, Imagoars, Venice, Italy


    International Photography Festival, PHOTO IS:RAEL, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Zumu: Museum on the move, Kiryat Yam, Israel

    OPEN SSA+VAS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

    The London Group Open 2019, Cello Factory Gallery, London, UK

    Interchange, Alfred Cooperative Institute for Art, Tel Aviv, Israel      

    Neo:ArtPrize 2019, Bolton Museum Gallery, Bolton, UK

    Surface, Sklar Levy Gallery, Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut, Israel

    Extravagant Bodies: Love, Hala V, The Nikola Tesla Technical Museum, Zagreb, Croatia

    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

    Charlottenborg Forårsudstilling 2019, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark


    The Constant Variable / Shelter Time, Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Beyond Words, ArtspaceTLV, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Morendo, Graduate exhibition, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel


    Fanzines, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France


    Art and Emotion, Shenkar Collegeof Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel




    Budapest Independent Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary


    Simultan Festival, Corneliu Miklosi Museum, Romania      

    Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

    Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Film Center, New York, USA

    Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK

    Horn Experimental Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel

    Marienbad Film Festival, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic

    Jerusalem Film Festival – Video Art and Experimental Cinema Competition, Jerusalem Cinematheque, Israel

    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

    The BF Artist Film Festival VIII, SERF, Leeds & SET, London, UK


    Awards and Grants


    Artist in Residency, Leveld Kunstnartun, Norway

    Second Prize at Horn Festival – The Experimental Film Competition, Jerusalem, Israel


    Excellence Grant Recipient from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation


    Pessa and Rebecca Blumenkopf  Foundation  Scholarship


    Military Service

    2010 – 2007

    Excelling Musician