Shir Handelsman (IL)

Shir Handelsman was born in 1989. He graduated from a BFA program at the Department of Multidisciplinary Art, Shenkar College, in 2018, specializing in video, sound, drawing, sculpture, and installation. In 2017, he attended an exchange program at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France. Shir began his professional career as a musician, saxophone player, and performer. He has 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 the Tel Aviv University, which he graduated with honors (2013). His works have been exhibited at the Kunsthal Charlottenborg gallery (Denmark), BF Artist Film Festival VIII (UK), Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (Israel), Tel Aviv Cinematheque, and elsewhere. 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 image manipulations in order to expose disruptions that also exist in intimate human relations. He lives and works in Tel Aviv.