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Anisa Ashkar

Anisa Askar was born in Acre, 1979. She studied at the Art College, Beit Berl College, graduated from A.F.Ed.B, 2001-2004. Lives and works in Acre and Tel Aviv-Yafo. Anisa is a multidisciplinary artist, focusing mainly on issues related to identity, social critique and gender, through painting, photography, installation and performance. In addition, she lectures, educates the next generation and is active in the community in many areas.

Exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, in Israel and around the world. Among the solo exhibitions: Swan Aswood (Black Swan (, Hagar Gallery, Jaffa) 2003,) In the blink of an eye, Art Track 7, Athens (2007), Tarring, Nelly Amen Gallery, Tel Aviv (2010), Take care of yourself, Kfar Urban Gallery Grandfather (2015), Gilded Surface, The Gallery at the Off Walled Hotel, Bethlehem (2017), Black Gold, The Museum of the Culture of Islam and the Peoples of the East, Beer Sheva (2017), Degrees of Love, Ann and Ari Rosenblatt Prize Exhibition, Artists’ House, Tel Aviv ) 2021.) She lived and worked as an artist in various countries: Greece, Germany, Spain, Poland and France. Won the Art Excellence Award, at the Beit Berl College Art College (2004), the Young Artist Award from the Ministry of Education and Culture (2007), the Minister of Culture and Sports Award (2015), the Landau Lottery Award (2016) and the Anne and Ari Rosenblatt Award (2021). .)

Anisa creates situations that are directly related to changes in the socio-political atmosphere, from her personal biography, which are an opportunity to develop a discussion around the society in which we live. “As an artist, I try to challenge the way we, women, Arabs, artists, experience our personal and professional existence. These starting points allow me to use art to explore the specific ways in which the definition of femininity has taken shape in different societies around the world, as well as the ways In them female subjects and materials relate to rituals and sacred practices in religion, culture, social institutions and the belief system and myths of all mankind. “In my works I also raise questions related to the essence of art itself and the boundaries between the work and the artist, using my body and face as a canvas, which I decorate with Arabic calligraphy, as a symbol of folk and social customs in the Arab tradition.”