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Ishai Shapira Kalter

Born 1986 in Israel, lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Shapira Kalter received his MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY (2017) and his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL (2013), in the framework of which he also attended The Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK (2011). His first exhibitions and projects were hosted by venues such as Placement Produit, Paris, FR (2019); POPPOSITIONS Off-Fair, Brussels, BE (2018); India Art Fair, New Delhi, IN (2018); , HU (2017); Veinti4/Siete Galería, San José, CR (2017); YARAT Studios, Baku, AZ (2016); West Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (2015); Hayarkon 19, Tel Aviv, IL (2015); The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2014); MoBY Bat Yam Museums, Bat Yam, IL (2013) among others. He received several fellowships, grants and scholarships and participated in residencies including Citè Internationale des Arts, The Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund, Asylum Arts Research Grant, The Rabinovich Foundation Grant and the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts Grant. 

Ishai Shapira Kalter runs Ventilator - a nomadic exhibition space launched in 2017.


2017 MFA Studio Art, Hunter College, New York, NY

2013 BFA (Cum Laude), Department of Photography, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, IL

2011 Department of Fine Art Media, the Slade School of Fine Arts (UCL), London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Yod Bait, The Lobby, Tel Aviv, (forthcoming)

2019 ( ), Placement Produit, Paris, Text by Chip Capin

2018 Yod Alef, POPPOSITIONS Off-fair, Brussels, Belgium

2017 Yod, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Leah Abir

2016 Inescapable Droughts, YARAT Studios, Baku, Azerbaijan

2015 HOBBY, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, curated by: Nogah Davidson

2014 Aliyah Market, STA Gallery, Tel Aviv, Duo show with Zac Hacmon

2014 A Moment of Truce, Hachanut Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Duo show with Roni Weiss

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Congress: Chronicle in Reverse, Ventilator, Basel, co-organized with Judith Kakon

2018 Real Time, Third Floor on The Left, Tel Aviv, curated by: Meytal Aviram

2018 Lee Nevo: Le Bureau, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2018 Why Do Cockroaches Die On Their Backs?, Ventilator, Tel Aviv, co-organized with Eran Nave

2018 Ensemble, Herzl 16, Tel Aviv, curated by: Laura Schwarz

2018 Hanky & Powder Puff, Nulubaz Gallery, Tel Aviv

2018 India Art Fair, New Delhi

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

2017 Everyday Stones, Art Market Budapest, Budapest, curated by: Leah Abir

2016 Pink Dizzle, Tel Aviv

2016 Welcome Abroad! /~ Goodbye!, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2015 ULTRA Y, Nuzhaa Youth Art Gallery, Jaffa, curated by: Liav Mizrahi

2015 Excess, Gabirol Artists House, Tel Aviv, curated by: Natalie Feldesman

2015 Factory Fetish, West Space, Melbourne, Australia, curated by: Liang Luscombe and Joshua Simon

2015 After 20 Years: Design, Memorial, Rabin, (The Vitrine Gallery | Holon Institute of Technology (HIT, Holon, curated by: Prof. Dana Arieli

2015 Façade, The Central Gallery, Tel-aviv, curated by: Doron Furman

2015 Weekend of Art and Culture, Raw-Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv

2015 Work and Progress, Fablab Gallery, Tel-Aviv, curated by: Diana Churges

2015 Mind the Gap, Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel-Aviv, curated by: Boaz Arad

2015 After 20 Years: Design, Memorial, Rabin, HIT - The Vitrine Gallery, Holon, Israel, curated by: Prof. Dana Arieli

2014 Ruminate, Bet Herschel Theater, Gvat, Israel, curated by: Ayana Shany

2014 Loving Art Making Art, Gabirol, Tel Aviv

2013 Goods, MOBY, Bat Yam, Israel, curated by: Roni Hajaj and Joshua Simon

2013 Black Box II, Manofim Festival, Jerusalem, curated by: Natalie Levin and Moran Guttman

2013 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, curated by: Miki Kratsman

Selected Screenings

2017 VOID, Veinti4/Siete Galeria, San Jose, California

2016 Hidden Door, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Grants & Awards

2017 Master's Theses Support Grant,

2016 Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts,

2015 UJA – Federation of NY, The Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund

2015 Asylum Arts Research Grant,

2015 The Rabinovich Foundation, Tel Aviv

2014 Sponsored Studio at Gabirol by The City Council of Tel Aviv,

2014 The Rabinovich Foundation,

2014 Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts,

2013 10X10 Award for Best Final Project, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

2010 Bezalel Excellency Award for High Achievements,

Residencies & Fellowships

2019, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

2016 YARAT Contemporary Art Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan

2015 Asylum Arts, Garrison, New York, NY


2019, Ishai Shapira Kalter Taking Place in Placement Produit, Point Contemporain, 30/05/19

2018 Niek Hendrix, Poppositions 2018, 21.04.18, (Dutch)

2018, Poppositions announces its 2018 exhibitors, Happening Magazine

2018, Open Your Eyes, Time Out, Tel Aviv, (Heb)

2018 Shani Werner, Funny Games, Talking Art

2018, Issue #56, Columbia Journal for Literature and Art, New York

2018, POPPOSITIONS Art Fair, Berlin Art Link

2018, SPECIAL FEATURE: Poppositions 2018, Artviewer, 23.04.18

2017, Issue #1: Innocence, Milk and Honey Magazine, (Eng)

2017 Camea Smith, The Single Cigarettes, TELAVIVIAN

2017 Shaul Setter, Shaul Setter on Ishai Shapira Kalter's solo show "Yod", Haaretz, 12.10.17, (Heb)

2017 Shahar Sarig, Benedikta Magazine

2017 Dana Gillerman, What happens in the field?, Basis Magazine

2017 Daniel Chechik, Tired Reality, Haaretz

2016 Charlotte Jansen, The Galleries of Southern Tel Aviv, Huffington Post, (Eng)

2016 Yonatan Amir, Proportionate Performance, Erev Rav, 24.10.16, (Heb)

2015 Shani Litman, "?What Caused the Collector Igal Ahuvi to Curse “You Are Shit, Ha’aretz, (Heb)

2015 Dr. Shimon Azoulzai and Alon Noiman, Artisteam, Mahut HaHaim Radio, (Heb)

2015 Dana Gillerman, Highlighted Relationships 7 Leilot, Yediot Aharonot, (Heb)

2015 Reut Barnea, Not a Provocation, Calcalist, (Heb)

2015 Galia Yahav, This Time It’s The Collectors on Display, Ha’aretz, (Heb)

2015 Dagan Wald, Ahbar Ha'ir Prizes: Best Exhibition of The Year, Ha’aretz, (Heb)

2014 Galia Yahav, Aesthetics and Culture of Eritreans without them, Ha’aretz, (Heb)

2014, ?ISAAC ET ISMAEL, SE REPARLER, Tenou'a Magazine | N° 158, Paris, (Fr)

2014 Francesca Kletz, Aliyah Market, TELAVIVIAN, (Eng)

2013 Sefie Katzav, Who Proposed Nicol Raidman?, Mako, (Heb)

2013 Guy Yanai, GOODS, TELAVIVIAN, (Heb)

2013 Ofer Matan, My Own Avrushmi Avihai, House Magazine, Heb

Issue #19, Harama Magazine, (Heb)

Selected Publications by the Artist

2017 Prefaces, RawArt Gallery Press, (English and Hebrew)

2016 HALAL, Independent Publishing, (English)

2016 (205 HUDSON ST.) From Occupation to the State of Immigration, Independent Publishing, (English)

2013 Things Can Always Be Otherwise Than What They Are, Independent Publishing, (Hebrew)

Talks and Events (Selected)

2019   Visiting Artist, The Department of Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

2018   Visiting Artist, The Department of Photography, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
           Visiting Artist, Thelma-Yellin School of Art, Givatayim, IL

           Visiting Artist, Post-Graduate Fine Arts Program, Hamidrasha School of Arts, Beit Berl, IL

2016   Open Engagement - POWER, Oakland Museum of California, CA
2015   Open Studios, Hunter College, New York, NY

           HOBBY, Symposium, RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (Nogah Davidson, Joshua Simon, Dr. Noam Yoran, Serge Tiroche)

           Owls, Workshop, Gabirol Artists House, Tel Aviv

2013   Exterritory, Workshop by Ruti Sela and Dr. Maayan Amir

           Histories, Workshop by Udi Edelman, The Israeli Center for Digital Arts, Holon

           Flesh and Blood, Performance, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem

2012   Kibbutz Bait Reik, Performance, Jerusalem


2019   Where is the next Apple event?, Ventilator, Paris, FR (forthcoming)
           Congress: Chronicle in Reverse, co-organized with Judith Kakon, Ventilator, Basel, CH
           Rain, Steam and Speed, co-organized with Ira Shalit, Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Judith Kakon: The Untold Compromise, Ventilator, Tel Aviv

2018   Maxim Turbo: קו 16 (Kav 16), Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Why Do Cockroaches Die On Their Backs?, co-organized with Eran Nave, Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Omer Halperin: Eardrum, Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Amit Levinger: Collar Bird, Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Shir Moran & Shiri Tarko: Monkey Business, Ventilator, Tel Aviv

2017   Ira Shalit: The Single Cigarettes (2011-2017), Ventilator, Tel Aviv
           Bar Faber: Fission, Ventilator, Tel Aviv

2014   Helena Nights, Jakob Garden and Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv

Teaching Experience

2018   Adjunct Faculty, The Faculty for Humanities, Art History Department, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

           Freelance Lecturer, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv


Harvard University Video Archive, Cambridge, MA

The Israeli Center for Digital Art's Video Archive, Holon, Israel

Private collections