Welcoming our Artists in Residence

Published by Artis June 2024

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Abed Elmajid Shalabi, Tigist Yoseph Ron, Nardeen Srouji, Noy and Tamir, Liora Kaplan, Efrat Hakimi, Asaf Elkalai, Moshe Roas, Uri Zamir, Ruti de Vries, Muhammad Toukhy, Tamar Katz, Hilla Toony Navok, and Shir Handelsman.

Artis is delighted to welcome the 14 artists selected to participate in international residencies through our inaugural Residency Partnership Initiative

Artists in residence were selected through a competitive open call and review process, and were identified for their commitment to their practice and dialogic engagement with timely questions. Their practices explore complex political histories and experiences of migration and diaspora, climate, conflict, mythology, technologies, and the impacts of capitalism, among other critical and universal themes. 

Organized in collaboration with six residencies worldwide, the Residency Partnership Initiative offers fully funded residencies to emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists from Israel. A second open call for artists in residence will take place between June 10–30, 2024.

Congratulations to the inaugural artists in residence, and a special thank you to our partner residencies!

Liora Kaplan | Residency Unlimited (RU), New York (April 2024–May 2024)

Abed Elmajid Shalabi | International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (June 2024–July 2024)

Noy and Tamir | Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (July 2024–January 2025)

Muhammad Toukhy | Residency Unlimited (RU), New York (August 2024–September 2024)

Shir Handelsman | International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (August 2024– September 2024)

Tigist Yoseph Ron | Surf Point, York, ME (September 2024)

Tamar Katz | Berlin Art Institute (BAI), Berlin (September 2024– December 2024)

Efrat Hakimi | International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (November 2024– December 2024)

Nardeen Srouji | International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (December 2024–January 2025)

Uri Zamir | Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (January 2025–July 2025)

Ruti de Vries | Berlin Art Institute (BAI), Berlin (March 2025–June 2025)

Asaf Elkalai | Berlin Art Institute (BAI), Berlin (March 2025–June 2025)

Hilla Toony Navok | 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles (April 2025–May 2025)

Moshe Roas | 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles (September 2025–October 2025)

Artist Biographies

Ruti de Vries

Ruti De Vries, Wormhole, 2023, installation view at the Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv. Photo by Liat Elbling.

Multidisciplinary artist Ruti de Vries lives and works in Tel Aviv. In her practice, she incorporates elements of sculpture, painting, collage, sewing, drawing, graphic design, and animation, drawing equally from ancient, indigenous, and outsider art and from the worlds of fashion and interstellar space design.

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Asaf Elkalai

Asaf Elkalai, ‮‬RGB Bonfire, 2023, triptych of color photographs, ink print on wallpaper, 240 x 80 cm.

Asaf Elkalai lives and works in Tel Aviv. He embraces a variety of media, including installation, sculpture, printmaking, video, and photography, which remains a core medium throughout his practice.

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Abed Elmajid Shalabi

Abed Elmajid Shalabi, Hold at Armpit Level (white-and-blue version), 2024, custom-made sign, glazed ceramic, and steel, 12.5 x 60 x 48 inches (31.75 x 152.4 x 121.92 cm). Photo by Vivian Marie Doering.

Abed Elmajid Shalabi is a US-based Palestinian artist. In his sculpture-based practice, he incorporates ceramics, cast plaster and concrete, found objects, wood, and aluminum to poetically dissect symbols and signifiers and destabilize our cultural relationships to mass-produced objects.

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Noy and Tamir

Noy and Tamir, Quest no. 1, 2024, installation view at Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv. Variable dimensions. Photo by Daniel Hanoch.

For over a decade, artist-duo Noy and Tamir have shared a creative practice characterized by critical thinking, expressions of complex identity, laborious craftsmanship, dark humor, and large-scale installations.

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Efrat Hakimi

Efrat Hakimi, Frena, 2021, archival pigment print, 13.5 x 10 feet.

Efrat Hakimi is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Working in a variety of media spanning technologies and crafts, she studies and interprets images, objects, and geographically specific sites to critically explore and expand narratives surrounding cultural artifacts—especially those bearing witness to the female body.

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Shir Handelsman

Shir Handelsman, No More Candy For You, 2022, video, 13 min. Photo by Amit Chachamov.

Based in Brussels, Shir Handelsman is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates video and film, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, and elements of music and sound— exploring their connections through projects he describes as, “surreal and absurd encounters.”

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Liora Kaplan

Liora Kaplan, Installation view of solo exhibition, “The Lighthouse is Dark Between Flashes,” KMAC, Louisville, Kentucky, 2023. Photo by Ted Wathen.

Liora Kaplan creates sculptural works and environments which she sees as “landscapes of silence” —conveying simultaneously the sense of embarking on a journey to an ancient temple and an unknown future. Within her last two institutional exhibitions, Kaplan’s eclectic totems explore how certain materials, shapes, and textures are drawn to each other, revealing their inner movements and a yearning to connect.

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Tamar Katz

Tamar Katz, The Cliff, 2022, still image from 3-channel video installation, 11:25 min. Photography credit: Amit Chachamov.

Within her practice, video and performance artist Tamar Katz often focuses on situations in which intimacy, violence, and bodily objectification intersect. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and screenings within Israel, Germany, and the UK.

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Hilla Toony Navok

Hilla Toony Navok, Lighthouse, 2023, permanent installation in Tel Aviv, 700 x 160 x 140 cm. Photo by Tal Nisim.

Hilla Toony Navok’s artistic practice includes drawing, sculpture, and video art that reveal the abstract and lyrical qualities in everyday local environments and incorporate a host of familiar and generic mass-produced objects.

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Moshe Roas

Moshe Roas, installation view of the group exhibition “Archipelago,” at the Bat Yam Art Museum, Bat Yam, Israel. Photo by Carmit Hasin.

Moshe Roas’ sculptures, installations, and prints create unique environmental experiences through the artist’s explorations of textiles and traditional craft-making practices, and his interests in the transformations of organic and artificial materials by natural forces and the passage of time.

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Tigist Yoseph Ron

Tigist Yoseph Ron, Mother and daughters, 2020, charcoal on paper, 90 x 68 cm. Photo by Elad Sarig.

Utilizing her preferred medium of natural charcoal, Tigist Yoseph Ron focuses on intimate portraiture and psychologically charged renderings of familial and social groups, as well as scenes of females in their roles at the center of domestic environments.

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Nardeen Srouji

Nardeen Srouji, landscape layers, 2022, tin and c-print, site-specific window installation at the Haifa Museum of Art. Photo by Eli Pozner.

Nardeen Srouji is a Palestinian multidisciplinary artist born in Nazareth and based in Haifa. Her practice explores gaps between stability and instability, placement and displacement, and familiarity and estrangement through the appropriation of familiar objects, images, and sounds that transform each, and invite the viewer in turn to reconfigure their understanding and relationship to the world.

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Muhammad Toukhy

Muhammad Toukhy, detail of Orient, 2023, birch and poplar, 379 × 287 cm.

Muhammad Toukhy’s multidisciplinary artistic practice includes writing, sculpture, video, and digital media. With the core of his work focused on history, trauma, and esotericism and their intersections with the political and spiritual, Muhammad’s aim is to intertwine seemingly everyday narratives with more fantastical moments on one hand, to further pair them with often traumatic memories—both collective and personal—on the other.

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Uri Zamir

Uri Zamir, Rising above itself, 2024, plaster, pigment and metal, 86 x 45 x 275 cm. Photo by Daniel Hanoch.

Multidisciplinary artist Uri Zamir lives and works in Tel Aviv. Within a body of work that embraces sculpture, performance, and video installation, myth, space, and theater emerge as central motifs.

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