Dr. Hadas Kedar
Visiting Faculty Member
Dr. Hadas Kedar is a cultural entrepreneur and researcher in the field of curatorship. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and from the University of Middlesex in London, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies, a joint program of the department of art at the University of Reading (UK) and the postgraduate program in curating at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland. Kedar's research explores local art in areas that are remote from dominant cultural centers, and focuses on the Negev and on collaborative and place-specific cultural activities in the desert. After being awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s “Artist of the Community” scholarship, she returned to Arad, the city where she was raised, and established the “Arad Art and Architecture” residency program and “Arad Contemporary Art Center,” in cooperation with the municipality. Kedar has participated in and curated exhibitions in Israel and abroad. These include “Summer Harvest” (Israel Museum, Jerusalem), “Rulers” (Camden Arts Centre, London), and “Sipookation” (Kav 16 Community Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv-Yaffo). She has also chaired and participated in conferences on the relationship between art, politics, and the economy. These include “Art, Power and Knowledge” (Tel Aviv Museum of Art), “Protest and Art” (Israel Museum), and “Contemporary Political Art” (Van Leer Institute). Since 2019, Kedar has been the director and curator of “Studio Bank” – a temporary art complex in a building in Tel Aviv, comprised of work and exhibition space for 40 artists from a wide range of disciplines. She is also a lecturer in the department of visual and material culture of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.