About the Artist
Fatma Shanan (b. 1986) is a visual artist. She Lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Shanan focuses on realistic, large scale painting, mostly in the technique of oil on canvas. Her works are characterized by a theatrical and enigmatic view on scenes, whose participants belong to the various circles of her life, especially surrounding Julis, the Druze village where she was born and raised. Her art strives to deconstruct firm definitions concerning painting as well as gender and national and ethnic identities and to suggest more fluid definitions that can flow through different realms. In her recent paintings, Shanan harnesses her own body to the depicted image, while the connections between body, gender, space and place-making become more and more prominent in her work. These connections are expressed mainly through the image of rugs, which she considers as heterotopic zones: it is a defined object which is taken out if its original context, and can be subversively placed anywhere and anytime in order to create a new location of self-expression
Shanan is the winner of the 2016 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative-Realist Art given by the Tel Aviv Museum where her fourth solo exhibition will open in the summer of 2017. She is currently a resident at the prestigious Artport program in Tel Aviv, and has received several other awards and scholarships for her artistic achievements. Her works are included in the collections of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Ilana Goor Museum in Jaffa and private collections in Israel and abroad.