Visual Arts

About Yuval Chen

Yuval Chen is a photographer and artist, researching for three decades the codes and narrative of the Israeli visual realm.

In his professional career, Chen has published countless photographs in the Israeli media, serving as a magazine and editorial photographer for newspapers. While documenting, he also questions and challenges the narrative he perpetuates in the photos.

His latest body of work includes a quest for images, an archive of collective memory, confronting the dilemmas presented in Israeli life. The photos emphasize Israel’s complicated relationship between time, place, and space. Chen interweaves fantasy and realism and creates a scenario in which the collective sphere meets personal perception, under circumstances of violence, conflict, and cruelty. However, Chen does not let go of preserving his knowledge and memory in search of roots, continuation, and essence.

As an editorial photographer, continually moving through private and public spaces, and presenting his work in the artificial platform of communications, Chen is aware of the Israeli ethos, and has a complex connection with it. His photography is a pure yearning for landscapes, such as trees and shadows, which allow even a glimpse of a comforting, soothing, relaxing moment, that gives life.

Solo Exhibitions

2020 – PHOTO IS: RAEL International Festival, “Light Refugees״ (Curator: Maya Anner)

2020 – Haifa Museum, “Light Refugees״ (Curator: Yifat Ashkenazi)

2018 – Artspace Tel Aviv, “Atopos” (Curator: Sagit Zluf Namir)

2017 – Artspace Tel Aviv, “All the Wooden Horses Run in Circles” (Curator: Gilad

2015 – Artspace Tel Aviv, “Homage to Alfred Hitchcock” (Curator: Nir Harmat)

2014 – Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, “Three Donkeys, a Thousand Doves, Some Crows and a Chevrolet Pickup” (Curator: Rony Somek)

2008 – Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, “Hedgehogs” (Curator, Arie Berkowitz)

1999 – Cinematheque, Tel Aviv, “For Sale”, (Curator: Tali Garbuz)

1994 – Camera Obscura, Tel Aviv, “Shutter”

Group Exhibitions

2020 – Pyramide GAllary Haifa. “Arrow of time” (Curator: Shirley Meshulam)

2019 – Yad Vashem Jerusalem-And all Over the World “Lonka Project”. (Curator: Jim Hollander and Rina Castelnuovo)

2018 – Zipora Lurya Gallery Education Academy “Crows to each other” (Curator: Avner Bar Hama)

2018 – Minus 1 Tel Aviv “plaster 6” (Curator: Israel Eliyahu)

2016 – WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education Main Gallery (Curator: Micha

2016 – Artspace Tel Aviv, “Artist Wall X9” (Curator: Nir Harmat)

2015 – Artspace Tel Aviv, “Artist Wall X9” (Curator: Nir Harmat)

2015 – The Farm Gallery, Holon, “Wings” (Curator: Nurit Tal-Tenne)

2014 – Artport, Jaffa Port, “Plaster 3” (Curator: Vardit Gross)

2014 – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, “Local Testimony – 2014” (Curator: Vardi

2011 – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, “Local Testimony – 2011” (Curator: Galia Gur-Zeev)

1998 – Photogen, Tel Aviv, “Dirty Frame of Mind” (Curator: Lee-more Kohen)

Yuval Chen

Visual Arts

Tel Aviv, Israel