Anisa Ashkar is the 2020 Winner of the Ann and Ari Rosenblatt Prize for Visual Art in Israel

We Shall Meet on One of the Days With the Long Shadow, 2004, c-print

In this time of physical isolation, we have to aspire to stay connected on a spiritual level and maintain our faith in humanity. With that in mind, we find this a poignant time to announce the next recipient of our prize. We feel that art is providing the cathartic relief that is now more important than ever to keep us fulfilled. Ann and Ari Rosenblatt

Anisa Ashkar was chosen by the Prize Committee, which includes Dr Galia Bar Or, Dr Aya Lurie, Arie Berkowitz, Orly Hoffman, and Ann and Ari Rosenblatt, for her groundbreaking work as a Muslim female artist who operates within local spaces that are rife with conflicts, emotions, and impulses.

In her multidisciplinary art, Ashkar engages with issues of identity, social critique, and gender. Using painting, photography, performance, and installation, she creates a fantastic dream-like world, directly connected to changes in the sociopolitical atmosphere, offering an opportunity to generate dialogues on our society and culture. In her years of activity as an artist, Ashkar created a personal language that draws on her Arab cultural origin, tradition, texts, poetry, and eastern and western local politics. She works with the private realm and uses her self portrait as a platform for various visual representations that echo the interrelations between her and her surroundings. The calligraphy that she paints on her face as a daily practice has become a unique and fascinating identifier and a performative act that carries a message and a statement, resonating and impacting her work in a range of mediums... more

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