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Amira Ziyan

Photographer, Artist, Teacher​

Born in 1977, Amira Ziyan lives and works as a photographer, artist and teacher in Yarka, a Druze village in the north of Israel. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from Haifa University. Ziyan's artwork focuses on staged photography. Her work often emphasizes the subject's absence by evoking their presence through objects. The main subjects of Ziyan's art are women from her Israeli Druze society, as well as identity and gender in contemporary Druze culture.


Ziyan’s principal artistic medium is staged photography. She builds her works as planned compositions in which image, color, and landscape are employed with intention to express a symbolic narrative. At the center of this creative process is the "stage" that she creates for the photographed scenes. Through this, Ziyan aims to create works that the viewer can "read." 


As a woman, photographer, and artist from Yarka, and a member of the Druze community, Ziyan uses her art to mediate the two worlds between which she finds herself torn: the traditional and the modern.

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Education​

 


2012    MFA, University of Haifa, Israel 


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

Awards and Grants

2024    Pais Culture Council’s Grant for the solo exhibition “at Ramat Gan Museum, 2025

2024    A grant from the Independent Creators Foundation from the Ministry of Culture    

            and Sports for 2023

2023   Artis Residency RU Grant Support    

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

Collections

Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, Germany

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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