Yael Efrati (b. 1978) holds an MFA degree from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2010). She teaches in the photography department of the same Academy. Characterized by a minimalist aesthetic, her artistic practice merges photography and sculpture. Her works could be understood as an art of recollection.
Selected exhibitions: There’s No Place Like Home, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2017); Forming In The Pupil Of An Eye, 3rd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (2016); Eye Of The Sea, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2016, solo); The Museum Presents Itself, Tel Aviv Museum Of Contemporary Art, Israel (2015); The Crystal Palace And The Temple Of Doom, Petah Tikvah Art Museum, Israel (2015); Measure Against Measure, Petah Tikvah Art Museum, Israel (2015); Reunion Of A Friend’s Friend, FRISE Art Gallery, Hamburg (2013, solo); ART TLV Biennale, Tel Aviv, Israel (2009); The Rare, Herzliya Contemporary Art Biennale, Herzliya, Israel (2007); Fatamorgana, Haifa Museum of Contemporary Art (2006, solo).
Through photography and sculpture, Yael Efrati addresses the physical and metaphysical transmutation of memory in what she calls “documentary sculpture”. With help from the treatment of light on the sculpture, the photographic rendering and the play with open perspective, her works make manifest the passing of time. For this effect, the artist employs materials from the typical apartment architecture from the 1950s and 1960s (E.g. melamine/formica furniture, terrazzo floors, mashrabiya tiles, plastic shutters) that play on the intransience and volatility of light.
From 14:00 to 16:00, is a sculpture that replicates the metal railing of a balcony with its shadow at two different times of the afternoon: one is the shade at 14:00 and the other at 16:00, moments considered to be siesta hours in Mediterranean countries.