Video maker, teacher, curator, peace activist. Israel-born, Toronto-bred Yael has been active on the Toronto video art scene for two decades starting in 1985 and teaches at OCAD. Her tapes, hybrids of experimental narrative and documentary elements, were preoccupied with gender and sexuality from the start, and issues of lesbian identity gradually surfaced. While The Lonely Lesbian (2002, 5) is a whimsical allegorical piece about a middle-aged accordion player wandering through the streets of New York towards the beach. Fresh Blood: A Consideration of Belonging(1995, 55) is an autobiographical essay. Here Yael explores Iraqi-Jewish heritage and queer identities, rooted in landscapes of Israeli deserts and her own face, and encounters three generations of women in her family as well as the voluptuous iconography of belly dancing.
Toronto , ON