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Artists as Writers: Yael, BH

Artist Biography

(Image from BH Yael’s website)


Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University

Areas of Expertise

Film, Installation, Integrated Media


b.h. Yael is a Toronto based filmmaker and installation artist. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and currently Chair of Senate.

Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to community and activist groups, as well as various educational venues. Her work has been purchased by many universities and she is a recipient of numerous arts grants including the Chalmers Fellowship award. Her essay film Trading the Future, won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms festival in Rhodes, Greece.

Yael's films and installations have dealt with the many intersections of identity and family; it has focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel, as well as apocalypse, geopolitical and environmental urgencies. Select titles include: Fresh Blood, A Consideration of Belonging; In the Middle of the Street; and Palestine Trilogy. Collaborative and collective projects include Spontaneous Combustion; the Olive Project by the Hardpressed Collective; BlahBlahBlah, Re(viewing) Quebec; and the Approximations series with Johanna Householder. Yael has also programmed arts lectures and media screenings, and occasionally she writes.

Yael premieres her most recent project, Lessons for Polygamists, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, at the Images festival in April 2017. No Lies, a one minute short and silent version won the “Most Original Film by a Local Female Director” award at the 2016 Toronto Urban Film Festival.

Biography taken from BH Yael’s website.

Online Resources

BH Yael’s website, containing selected artwork, writing about the artist, writing by the artist, and information about her recent projects.

BH Yael on Cinema Political. Contains a video of an artist talk, a list of Yael’s film work, and

BH Yael on Vtape.  Contains an artist profile and a list of video works that can be Vtape by visiting Vtape (Toronto).

Writing by BH Yael

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

BH Yael: Writing about film and art

Film & Video On The Level. Fuse, Fall 1987, pp. 8-9.  Available at OCADU Library.
A short description of topics discussed at a video and film conference and exhibition held September 10-12 1987. Questions raised include; What is the role of a curator? What are the responsibilities of galleries to the artist and the public? How best can film and video be programmed, curated, and contexualized?

Untitled (1998) British Canadian Video Exchange, 1998.  Read online.

Encountering the Unbounded unbound geographies/FUSED HISTORIES, 1999.  Read online.
This catalogue for the 1998 British Canadian Video Exchange describes an artist-curated exhibition combining British and Canadian video artists focusing on various themes including relations, bodies, landscape and performance. Available on BH Yael's website.

Sketch: Picture the Performer. Sketch, 2005.  Read online.

Pressed: When Words Were Earth A Space Gallery Catalogue, 2005. Read online.

More Than Just Free Speech Short Fuse, 2009.  Read online.

Devora Neumark, Challenging Home and Presence in More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women by Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars (eds.) YYZ Books, 2016

BH Yael: Other writing

Reconciliation in Palestine. Bert Hellinger Interviewed by b.h. Yael.  Publication Date: The Knowing Field, Jan. 2009, v. 13.  Read online.

Land Project: A Conversation between Canada and Israel/Palestine by Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Joseph Naytowhow & b.h. Yael.  Cultivating Canada, 2011. Read online.

No Where Near the End, or, Notes Towards Trading the Future. Fuse, Nov. 2002, v. 25, no. 4.  Read online.

Images of Voice. Musicworks, 1986, v. 42. Read online.