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Yael Harnik (b. 1986) is an Israeli artist based in Tel-Aviv, to which she returned after six years of living and working in Japan. Yael's practice focuses on textile and print, through which she explores concepts of time and space. In her works, she alternates between images and sensations as well as between visual and tangible. In 2012 Yael graduated from the Department of Textile Design at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Israel. After receiving the prestigious Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education in 2016, she began her studies at Tama Art University, Tokyo, where she earned her MFA and completed her PhD (art) studies. Her works have been featured in solo exhibitions in Tokyo as well as in group exhibitions in Israel, South Korea, France, and Netherlands.​

"Textile is a form of grid or net through which I explore systems of order and rhythm. My work with textile combines traditional production processes, modern perspective, and contemporary sensibilities - a combination that reflects my cultural complexity. In that regard, my works raise questions of identity and place.
In general, my practice is characterized by tectile processes of constructing and deconstructing cultural motifs. By that, I explore intercultural connections that can challenge conventional ideas of identity formation. 
I am especially interested in the amount of time required for completing processes, as if practicing craft is a way of producing a sense of time. My visual language is formed by ongoing contemplation on repetition and cyclicality. Through the practice of repetition, my works reflect a sense of longing and explore the notion of displacement and belonging."


Contact & CV


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2019-2022     PhD (DFA) Doctoral Degree program, Tama Art University, Tokyo

2017-2019     MFA Textile Department, Graduate School of Tama Art University, Tokyo

2009-2012     B.Des Textile Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan


Solo Exhibitions


2024              Upcoming, Petach Tikva Museum, Petach Tikva

2022              I Am Forever Unfolding Between Two Folds, Place by Method Gallery, Tokyo

2021              Disclosure, Sukiwa Gallery, Tokyo

2019              Moons, Another Function Gallery, Tokyo 

2019              Unfolding, Gallery Q, Tokyo


Selected Group Exhibitions



2024              Upcoming, Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv

2024              Upcoming, Givat Haviva Art Gallery, Givat Haviva
2023              Earth, Water, Wind, Fire & Emptiness, Tikotin Museum, Haifa

2022              Doctoral Degree Course Graduation Exhibition, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo

2021              Doctoral Degree Program 20-year Anniversary, Tama Art university, Art-Theque Gallery, Tokyo

2020              TLV Biennial, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
2019              East, Jerusalem Design Week, The Hansen House, Jerusalem

2019             Le Fil Bleu, La Cheminée Gallery, Albi

2019              Nihonga, The Cuckoo’s Nest, Jaffa

2019              At 00:00, Spiral, Tokyo

2018              Transient, Gallery Wolke, Tokyo

2015              Same Sky Same Land, Pulchri Gallery, The Hague

2015              Same Sky Same Land, Liberaal Joodse Gemeente, Amsterdam

2012              Expo 2012, Israeli Pavilion, Yeosu



2024              Print workshop Residency Program, Petach Tikva Museum

Grants and Awards


2023              Finalist, Contemporary Talents Competition 12th edition, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France 

2022              Finalist, Edmond de Rothschild Design Award 2022, Israel 

2016-2022     Monbukagakusho Scholarship, an academic scholarship offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education

2020              Finalist, Contemporary Talents Competition 9th edition, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France           
2019              Grand Prize, Kaie Hotel Competition collaboration with Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

2015              Same Sky Same Land, Commissioned working grant, Israel

Publications and Press


2023              “The Resemblance Between Textile and Water: Yael Harnik at the Tikotin Museum,Haifa”, Amit Sendik, Portfolio Magazine, Israel (Hebrew)

2023              “I am Very Far from Spirituality, but this Exhibition is Breathtaking”, Gilad Melzer, Haaretz, Israel (Hebrew)

2023               Yael Harnik, “An Expanse in the Midst of the Waters”, Artist Book, Self-Publishing, Israel

2019              “Yael Harnik: Repeating Herself while Constantly Changing"  Yuval Saar, Portfolio Magazine, Israel (Hebrew)

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