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Maayan Sheleff

Maayan Sheleff

Israelli curator and artist
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Intro Israelli curator and artist
A.K.A. Ma'ayan Sheleff, Maayan Shelef, Ma'ayan Shelleff, Maayan Shelleff
Countries Israel
Occupations Curator Artist
Gender female
Birth 1976
Residence Tel Aviv
Education Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Tel Aviv University, Zurich University of the Arts
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Maayan Sheleff is an independent art curator and artist based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her projects explore social and political issues through participatory practices, at the intersection of art and technology.


Sheleff was raised in Kiryat Ono, Israel. She studied plastic arts at the Thelma Yellin High School of Arts, Givatayim. Sheleff graduated Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a B.Des in industrial design, also studying at the Rhode Island School of Design and Politecnico di Milano. She later pursued postgraduate studies at the Interdisciplinary Arts Program, Tel Aviv University. She is currently studying towards a PhD at the Curatorial Platform in Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Reading University ,UK.

Sheleff has been regularly teaching at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, department of photography, the International Curatorial Studies Program of the Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem and at Sapir Academic College, Sderot. She has been a guest lecturer in many institutions such as HaMidrasha – Faculty of the Arts, and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology's Division of Continuing Education and External Studies curating program.

Curatorial positions

  • 2014– Artistic Advisor and chair of artistic committee at the Art Cube Artists' Studios, Jerusalem and curator of its international residency program, LowRes Jerusalem
  • 2009–2012 – Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
  • 2009–2012 – Assistant Director at the International Curatorial Studies Program of the Kibbutzim College of Education and the CCA Tel Aviv
  • 2006–2009 – Director and chief curator of Line 16, a public gallery for contemporary art

Awards, grants and residencies

  • 2015 – International Curatorial Retreat, organized by Vessel/Mada, Bari, Italy
  • 2014 – Residency Unlimited, NYC
  • 2014 – Quartier 21, Vienna, invited by Paraflows Festival for Digital Art
  • 2012 – Truth is Concrete, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria
  • 2012–2013 – Artport residency, Tel Aviv
  • 2012 – Artis grant recipient
  • 2012 – International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Curator Award
  • 2010 – Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive, New York City
  • 2010 – Artis grant recipient

Selected exhibitions

  • 2017 – Poland ↔ Israel, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (co-curated with Agnieszka Sachar, in collaboration with Miri Segal)
  • 2015 – Preaching to the Choir, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 2014 – The Infiltrators, Artport Tel Aviv
  • 2013 – The Promised Land, The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 – Other Lives, Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem, a new-media exhibition inspired by scientist Allan Turing
  • 2012 – Secondary Witness, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, New York City
  • 2012 – Connected, An Exhibition About Girls and the Internet, Bat Yam Promenade
  • 2012 – Prolonged Exposure, The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Tel Aviv
  • 2009–2010 – Co-curator, Transit project, cooperation between The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Tel Aviv and MADRE, Naples, Italy
  • 2009 – Co-curator, ARTLV – the 1st Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Biennial
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