Dafna Tal’s artistic practice incorporates photography, video and sound. Her work explores emotional and mental perceptions as expressed in various communities and environments.
Tal started her artistic exploration with theatre and sculpture. 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 have been exhibited internationally including at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Center in Sydney Australia, Museum On The Seam in Jerusalem (2019), and Visa pour L’Image, Perpignan, France.
Tal is currently based in Eilat, Israel, where she works on underwater projects.
Besides her love for creating art and exploring our inner realms, 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 environments, cultures and communities. 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 both the human behavior and the natural environment adds a dynamic and compelling dimension to my work, so that I can never anticipate its final form.