Rich in detail and inflected by hyper-realism, Dafna Tal’s multidisciplinary artworks explore the extensive realm of emotional and mental perceptions, and the relationship between them and the outer reality. Her artistic practice incorporates photography, sound and video to create multifaceted works.
Tal explored other creative disciplines, including theater and sculpture, before finding her way to photography, which she studied at New York’s International Centre of Photography (ICP). Her photography studies were followed by a European Diploma in Cultural Project Management from the Association Marcel Hicter.
Tal's works have been exhibited internationally including the Casula Powerhouse Arts Center in Sydney Australia and Visa pour L’Image, Perpignan, France. She is a Canon ambassador since 2018.
Besides her love for art and explorations, Tal also loves to travel and practice scuba diving, free diving and sailing.
My fascination with exposing hidden feelings, thoughts and concepts is the fundamental inspiration for my work. I am intrigued by the moments when I can penetrate the outer mantle and discern an unrestrained inner-emotional essence.
My art combines video, still photography, and sound, and often reveals encounters with diverse cultures, communities and individuals. The process begins with my establishing a personal relationship, joining conversations, and building trust. This intimate bond paves the way for the exposure of an individual's inner core, and allows me to 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.
In attempts to express inner realities, some of my projects employ dialogues which are almost confessional, while in others I record the individual’s facial features and body language to document transformation. The unpredictability of human behaviour adds a dynamic and compelling dimension to my work, so that I can never anticipate its final form.