Adi Oz-Ari was born in 1968. Lives and works in Tel Aviv. A graduate of the Physical Therapy Department (B.P.T), Tel Aviv University (1992); the Interior Design program (B.Des (interior)), the College of Management, Givatayim, Israel (2003); and the art department, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl Academic College (2012). Holds an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (2015).
A multidisciplinary artist who engages mainly with manipulated photography, photographic installations, and the effects of medium transitions on the image, her photographs are produced using scans, digital processing, photographic readymades, X-rays, cyanotype, etc. Photography in Oz-Ari's work is a material in itself, treated as an independent object in the world rather than a vehicle with which to document reality. Her practice involves work with different photographic techniques and materials, examining the artist's impact on these substances, as if she were an alchemist. In addition to material research, she explores manifestations of one's mental and physical relation to such notions as pain, desistence, and loss. The images in her work are never direct; they go through a set of adaptations, transformations, and manipulations to articulate the contents addressed in each body of work in the profoundest manner.
Oz-Ari's work has been featured in various group exhibitions in Israel and abroad, as well as in one- and two-person exhibitions, among them at the Photo Lab Gallery, Tel Aviv; the Tel Aviv Artists' House; The Lobby Art Space, Tel Aviv; and Indie Photography Group Gallery, Tel Aviv, where she was a member of the artist cooperative from 2012 to 2014. Internationally, she participated in several exhibitions, including a collateral show at the 57th Venice Biennale ("Empire II," curator: Vanya Balogh).
2013–2015 MFA, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
2009–2012 BFA, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, Kfar Sava, Israel
1999–2003 B.Des, College of Management, Academic Studies, Givatayim, Israel
Reflections, group exhibition, Neve-Schechter gallery, Curator: Shira Fridman
Out of Place, duel exhibition with Raafat Hatab at Lobi Makom Le Omanut, curators: Leor Grady, Orit Mor
Epidermis, Solo exhibition, Hamaabada Le Zilum gallery, Curator: Dr Smadar Sheffi
Steel City, Ken HA kukia, Curators: Gilat Nadivi and Vera Pilpoul
5th International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv
A Village You Are and to a Village You Will Return Janco-Dada Museum Ein Hod. Curator: Raafat Hatab.
Empire II, Venice, Italy. Curator: Vania Balogh
Traverse Video Festival, Toulouse, France.
My Madonna, Solo exhibition, Artist house Tel Aviv, Curator: Vera Pilpoul
AVI-Art Video International Festival, Jerusalem
In Between, Florentin 45 Contemporary Art Space, Tel Aviv. Curators: Gilat Nadivi and Vera Pilpoul
The Unknown, The Different and The Bizarre, Beit Michal, Rehovot, Curator: Carmit Blumenson
The MFA Graduate Show, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
Revealment and Concealment, Bialik House Museum, Tel Aviv. Curator: Dr. Smadar Sheffi
Confessions, The Artists’Residence, Herzliya
Knife in the Water, two-person exhibition, Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv. Curator: Re’uven Kuperman
AWARDS AND GRANTS
Exhibition Grant, “Knife in the Water”, Pais Foundation for Art and Culture