Yael Sloma (1987) is a print and video artist who lives and works in Jaffa. Sloma was awarded a Fullbright scholarship, and holds her BFA (Hons.) from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Her MFA is from Maryland Institute College of Arts as the winner of the Mount Royal Young Artist Prize. Sloma’s works have been shown, among other venues, at the Almacén Gallery and Studio-Bank (Tel Aviv), at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, at 14 Street Y (New York City), Walter Oterio Gallery (Puerto Rico), Peale Museum (Baltimore), Manofim Festival (Jerusalem), MuseumsQuartier (Vienna), Rencontre d’Arles (France), and numerous other venues.
About the work
Sloma’s works use images and concepts from popular culture in order to observe how Western and Israeli cultures present and represent masculinity, control and oppression, and duplicates religious perceptions and historic myths. Quarantine Diaries is a series of four videos which were captured with a mobile phone from the artist’s balcony in Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa, across the three lockdown periods of 2020. The videos describe daily life in a mixed neighborhood where poverty, violence, and negligence eventually led to flare-ups and clashes. The videos were shot in a vertical format, corresponding to Instagram’s “story” format.
Artist’s website: www.yaelsloma.com