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.

    CV :

    1989     

    Born in Israel, lives and work in Tel Aviv

     

    Education

    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

     

    Group Exhibitions

    2019     

    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

    2018     

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

    Beyond Words, group exhibition, ArtspaceTLV, Tel Aviv, Israel

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

    2017     

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

    2016     

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

     

    Screenings

    2019     

    Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

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

    Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK

    Tabula Rasa Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Horn Experimental Film Festival, The Sublet, Jerusalem, Israel

    Marienbad Film Festival 2019, 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

    2019     

    Artist in residency, Leveld Kunstnartun, Norway

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

    2018                    

    Excellence Grant Recipient from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation

    2017     

    Pessa and Rebecca Blumenkopf  Foundation  Scholarship

     

    Military Service

    2010 – 2007

    Excelling Musician