Dafna Tal’s artistic practice incorporates photography, video and sound. Her work explores emotional and mental perceptions as expressed in various cultures and communities.
Tal started her artistic exploration with theatre, sculpture and painting. She later studied at New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP), and continued her studies in cultural project management, where she received an European Diploma from the Association Marcel Hicter, Belgium.
Tal's works are regularly exhibited in various international art venues, such as the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, where she had a solo exhibition in 2018. Her work has also been exhibited in Visa pour L’Image and Voies Off festivals in France. In 2018 Tal was chosen to be a Canon Ambassador.
The fundamental element which inspires my work is my interest in expressing hidden feelings, thoughts and concepts. I am intrigued by the moments in which I can penetrate through the outer mantle and discern an unrestrained inner-emotional essence.
My art combines video, still photography and sound, while often exhibiting encounters with varied communities, cultures and individuals. The process of my work begins with establishing a personal relationship, joining in conversations and creating trust between the two sides. The intimate bond paves a way for greater exposure of the inner core of the individual, helping me capture moments of honesty and vulnerability. These fragile moments, when the mask cracks and people become more than their cultural representations, interest me the most.
The creative process then continues with various ways of expressing one’s inner reality; Some projects include confession-like dialogues, while in others I observe the individual’s facial features and body language while documenting how they transform. The unexpected character of human behavior adds a dynamic and interesting dimension to my work, making it impossible for me to anticipate the work’s final form.