Yuval Yairi is a contemporary Israeli multimedia artist, primarily working with the mediums of photography and video.
Yairi was born in Israel in 1961 and currently lives and works in Jerusalem. He graduated from the visual communications department at WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education in 1988. Between 1988 and 1999, Yairi served as the director of a design studio in Jerusalem, where he produced and directed short films and documentaries. Since 2004, Yairi has been working mainly with photography and video, exploring places charged with historical, cultural, or political significance, which are also associated with his personal story and memory.
As Yairi creates different photographic projects and series, whether at a Leper Hospital or a renowned writer’s library, an abandoned Arab village, a hotel room, or a museum undergoing renovation – all are transformed through Yairi’s aesthetic and perspective, deconstructing and recomposing spaces, times, and events.
Yairi’s works have been featured in international museums, galleries, and festivals worldwide, including in cities like New York, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Kolkata, to name a few. Yuval Yairi’s work is also included in public and private collections. He is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture Award for Visual Arts, 2017.