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Elisheva Gavra (b. 1992) is an artist, photographer and writer based in New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Jewish Museum in New York, The Broad Art Center in Los Angeles, and elsewhere. She is a recent MFA graduate in photography from Columbia University. Gavra is a current participant of the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in Manhattan, NY.

Her work consists of making photography, writing, installation and performance while asking about the task of representation when it comes to an absent referent, and about the affective capacity of relationality in constituting what we agree on as reality. In that pursuit, emotions are employed as modes to write history, manipulated and used objects as forms of experience, and real-life power-plays as a fundamental condition of producing photography.

2023       MFA, Photography, Columbia University, NY
2015       B.A, Art history & Women and Gender studies  Tel Aviv University, TLV

Grants and Residencies

2023-24    Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program
2023         Dean’s Project Grant, Columbia University School of the Arts     
2022-23    Columbia School of the Arts merit scholarship
2022         Artis scholarship fund

2022         Puffin Foundation Grant

Solo and two person exhibitions

2021       Official Portrait, curated by Oz Zloof.
               Tel Aviv Meir Garden, TLV.
2020       The Open Air Studio Project, curated by Shir Newman.
               Hagra Center, TLV.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023       Columbia MFA Thesis Exhibition, curated by Jasmine Wahi.
               Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York, NY
2022       UCLA New Wight Biennial, curated by Farshid Bazmandegan and Rachel Hakimian.                                   Broad Art Center, LA, California.
2022      Otherwise, curated by  Victoria Horrocks, Carlota Ortiz Monasterio, and HoWon Kim
              Half gallery, New York, NY. 
2022      Neumena, curated by Emmanuel Olunkwa, Sally Eaves Hughes.
              Chashama gallery, New York, NY. 
2022      Columbia 1st year MFA exhibition, curated by Amy Sadao.
              Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York, NY.
2022      In Response: Jonas Mekas, curated by Chris Gartrell and Jenna Weiss.
              The Jewish Museum, New York, NY.
2021      In Time, curated by Rona Yefman
              ZAZ10 Times Square, New York, NY.
2020      Outside the Box 2, curated by Yael Rozin
              Jaffa old city.

2018       07 thread
(with Layla Klinger), curated by Ivry Baumgarten.               
               Night light art festival, TLV.



2023      Nothing Spirit
Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York, NY

2023      Rage Notes and Delusionals while Returning to my Ancestors Grave, curated by Emily Johnson.               Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York, NY.
2020      S.M.B.B. curated by Tal Sofia.
              Heder (Teder), TLV

Curatorial work

2018      Post Graduate Panic, Hagra center, Tel Aviv 
2018      Lip-Stink, Hagra center, Tel Aviv 
2018      Yochai Matos - Resigning from Art, Fresh Paint art fair 10, Tel Aviv
2017      Rudi & Communities, The PhotoHouse TLV, TLV.
2016      Contact, HaTeder, TLV.
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