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Ayelet Zohar

Ayelet Zohar

Senior Lecturer of Art History at Tel Aviv University


Dr. Ayelet Zohar is a Senior Lecturer at the History of Art Department, Tel Aviv University. She received her PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art, Universty College London (UCL), University of London (2007), followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford Univesrity (2007-2009), and a second Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (2011). In 2012 Dr. Zohar was a Research Fellow at Hokkaidô University, followed by two research periods at Waseda University in Tokyo (2017 and 2018). Dr. Zohar holds a research grant from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) for her research on war memory in contemporary Japanese photography and video art (2016-2019). Dr. Zohar was a Visiting Associate Professor at the History of Art Dept., Yale University (2018). Dr. Zohar is the recep[ient of the Ishibashi Foundation for Japanese Art History Research, 2019-2020.

Dr, Zohar's main fields of research are the history and theory of Japanese phorography; Contemporary fine art photography; Historical, Meiji era photography; Art and visual culture in Japan; Postcolonial theory; Deleuzian studies; Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies.

Dr. Zohar has published extensively on issues of Japanese photography and contemporary art, war memory in Japanese photography, gender and sexuaity in contemporary Japanese art/ photography. Dr. Zohar alsoresearched questions of camouflage and photograpraphy, and has related to issues of Foucauldian, Deleuzian and Rancierian theories in this respect.

Dr. Zohar is a transdisciplinary artist and an independent curator. In 2005 she curated "PostGender: Gender, Sexuality and Performativity in Contemporary Japanese Art" exhibition (Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, 2005), "Two moon on the Shore and a Clockwork Bird in Norweigian Wood: Haruki Murakami and Contemporary Art," (Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2014); and "Beyond Hiroshima: The Return of the Repressed" (Tel Aviv Universirty Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2015).


  • Lecturer, Asian Studies (University of Haifa)
  • Senior Lecturer, History of Art (Tel Aviv University)
  • Japan Foundation Short-term Research Fellow (Hokkaido University)
  • Transdisciplinary Artist: Installation, Video Art, Painting (Art)
  • Visiting Associate Professor (Yale University)


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