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Amira Ziyan

Photographer, Artist, Teacher​

Ameera Zyian, Born 1977 Lives and works in Yarka, Israel

Graduated from the Haifa University's Arts program and earned master's degree from there. Ziyan's Artwork focuses on staged photography which emphasizes the act of the physical character's absence by evinced it with the high presence of the scene's objects. Women from her Israeli Druze society are mainly the object of Zian's Art beside other other social aspects such as Identity and gender in the contemporary Druze culture.

As an artist, my main medium is staged photography. I build my works as a planed composition where the image, the colors and everything in the frame has an extremely specific intension applying the symbolic narrative that I want to tell. I often say that I want to create a kind of photography that people will be able to "read". 

As a woman coming from Kfar Yarka and the Druze community, my work is reacting to both environments I am torn between: the modern and the traditional. At the center of my creative process there is a kind of "stage" that I create for the photographed scenes.

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2012    MFA, University of Haifa, Israel 

2010    BA in Fine Arts and French Studies, University of Haifa, Israel

Awards and Grants

2022   Oscar Handler Award from Kibbutz Lohamei HaGetaot


2020    Joshua Rabinowitz Foundation for the Tel Aviv Arts

2020    Pais Culture Council’s Grant for the solo exhibition “at Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazora


2020    Special Commendation of "Beki Prize" of the year from the Association for Women's Art and Gender

             Research in Israel

2017    The Israel Ministry of Culture Creativity Encouragement Award


2016     Pais Cultural Fund’s Grant for a solo exhibition at the Umm El Fahem Gallery


2010     High Achievement in Final Project Award by the Friends of the University of Haifa


2009     The Shpilman Award for Photography Students, The Shpilman Institute, Tel Aviv

2008     The Saar Efroni Artist Prize, Israel


Haifa Museum of Art

The Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

Diana Lipton

The Core Collection of Contemporary Art, NYU Tel Aviv

Umm El Fahem Art Gallery


Adv. Kofti Mazen


The law firm of Herzog Fox Ne'eman, Tel Aviv

Private collections in Israel and abroad

Published Catalogs

Beyond the Body (Heb, Arb, Eng), Amira Ziyan - Exhibition Catalog, Wilfrid Museum, 2021, Texts by: Shir Meller-Yamaguchi

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Art and Research Vol 6 Druze Woman(Heb), Amira Ziyan- Exhibition Catalog, Bar- Ilan University ,2019, Texts by:  Ms. Lea Fish 

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Crystal Palace (Heb, Arb, Eng), Amira Ziyan - Exhibition Catalog, The Um el-Fahem Gallery Feb 2018. Texts by: Gilad Ophir, Said Abo Shakra

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On Bare Concrete (Eng, Heb), Amira Ziyan - Exhibition Catalog, Cabri Gallery, Kibutz Cabri, Curator Avshalom Levi

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