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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.

ael'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.


CV (selected entries)

 

degrees

MA, University of Toronto, OISE, Curriculum/Cultural Studies, 1997

AOCA, Ontario College of Art, Photo/Electric Arts/New Media, 1987

BEd., Teaching Certification, Ontario Teacher Education College, 1979

BA, York University, English, 1978


arts/films awards and grants (2000 – present)

2016    Most Original Film by a Local Female Director, Toronto Urban Film Festival

2013    Media Arts Production Assistance, Canada Council for the Art

2009    Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2009    Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Media Artists

2009    Ecofilms, Rodos International Films & Visual Arts Festival, Greece Awarded ‘Audience Award’

2008    Rivers Edge International Film Festival, Paducah, Kentucky 

Awarded ‘Best Humanitarian Observation’: Media that Matters

2006    Chalmers Art Fellowship, Ontario Arts Council, Research & Creation

2006    Travel Grant, Canada Council

2006    Ontario Arts Council, Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established, Production Completion

2005    Ontario Arts Council: Exhibition Assistance to Artists, WARC,

2004    Near East Culture and Education Foundation, Production

2004    Ontario Limited O/A Famous Magazine. Production

2003    Film and Video Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Production

2003    InterAccess Emerging Artist Awards

2001    Artist Grants, Toronto Arts Council, Production

2000    Millennium Grant, Canada Council for the Arts, Production

1998    Travel Grant, Canada Council

1996    Development Grant (B grant), Canada Council

1995    Completion Grant, Ontario Arts Council

1995    Video Production Grant Canada Council                                                                          

1995    Grants for Artists, City of York Arts Grants

1992    Video Grant, Ontario Arts Council

1991    B Grant, Canada Council

1990    Film Production Grant, Canada Council

1989    Visual Artists’ Grant, Toronto Arts Council

1989    Video Installation Grant, Ontario Arts Council

1988    Explorations Grant, Canada Council

1988    Travel Grant, Media Arts, Canada Council

1987    Arts Promotion Travel Grant, External Affairs


artist residency

2013    Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, Woodstock NY, 6 week residency

1995    Banff Centre for the Arts, Media Residency, Memory & History

1994    Banff Centre for the Arts, Media Residency, Banff, Alberta


public acquisitions

TRADING THE FUTURE, 2008

2009    University of Winnipeg

2009    McMaster University Library

2009    Brandon University

2009    University of Winnipeg

2008    Oberlin College Library, Ohio

2008    York University, curator: Kathryn Elder

2008    University of Toronto, Robarts Library

PALESTINE TRILOGY, 2006

2011    National Council on Canada Arab Relations, Vancouver

2007    University of Ottawa, Library Network

2007    Brandon University, Manitoba

2006    King’s University College

2006    University of Ottawa

2006    University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

2006    Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI), The Observatory Archives, Centre de     Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain 

2006    Robarts Library, University of Toronto

2006    Ryerson University, Toronto

2006    University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

APPROXIMATIONS (1-3), 2003

2006    Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI), The Observatory Archives, Centre de     Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain 

2004    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

2004    York Universities Libraries, Toronto, Canada

2004     Ontario College of Art & Design

2002     V.W. Bladen Library, University of Toronto, at Scarborough, Ontario

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, 2002

2005    University of Toronto, Robarts Library, Toronto

(OF)FENCES, 2002

blahblahblah: Re(viewing) Quebec

2006    Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.

2006    Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.

2004    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.

2003    Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont.

2002    York University, North York, Ont.

2002     Ontario College of Art & Design

2002    University of New Brunswick, N.B.

2001    OPIRG, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ont.

FRESH BLOOD, A CONSIDERATION OF BELONGING, 1996

2010     McGill University Library – Acquisition Dept: 

2009    Brandon University

2009    University of Winnipeg

2007    University of Ottawa, Library Network

2007    Concordia University

2006    Simon Fraser University

2006    OISE, University of Toronto

2003    University of British Columbia

2003    Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, B.C.

2002    The Rainbow Centre, University of Connecticut, Mass.

2002    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario 

2002     St. John’s University

2001     Trinity College

2001    University of Victoria, B.C.

2001     Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.

2000    University of Toronto, Ont.

1999    University of Montreal, Que.

1999     Northern Arizona University, Ariz.

1999    New York University, N.Y.

1999    Denver Public Library, Col.

1999    Temple Israel, Boston, Mass.

1998    San Francisco State University, Calif.

1998    University of Southern California, Irvine, Calif.

1997    St Mary’s College, Calgary, Alta.

1997    OISE, University of Toronto, Ont.

1997    Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ont.

MY MOTHER IS A DANGEROUS WOMAN, 1987

1990    Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ont.

1989    Trinity Square Video Tape Collection, Toronto, Ont.


commissions

2005     DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED: Deir Yassin Remembered, Dan McGowan

2002    TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA: Inside Out Film & Video Festival, Pam Mathar


selected curated exhibitions/programs

Approximations, Parts 1 - 3, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto: September 11 – October 10, 2009

North American Premiere, Closing Night Gala, Images Festival, Toronto. Programmers: Pablo O’Campo, Leslie Peters(Trading the Future) April 13, 2008.

World Premiere, Mumbai International Film Festival, India. Programmer: V. Packirisamy (Trading the Future) Feb 7, 2008.

Verbatim, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Fleishman Gallery, Toronto, Curator: Rochelle Holt (Approximations & Verbatim), Nov. 23 – Dec. 2, 2007.


curated and juried group exhibitions: International

2017    Meet You More Than Half-Way: The Toronto We Know, Images Festival, Toronto, April 23, Curated by Tess Takahashi and Michael Zryd (Lessons for Polygamists)

2016    Twist and Shout, Toronto Urban Film Festival, TTC subway platforms, Toronto, Sept. 16 (No Lies)

2014    No Place – Queer Geographies on Screen, Norway, Curator: Anthea Black (Ken, Tov, Beseder)

2011    Spirit Enlightened, Culture Unplugged Festival; Programmer: Priyanka Shah On line festival: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/5997/Trading-the-Future

2010    Palestine Film Festival, Bloor Cinema, Oct. 8, Programmer, Dania Majid. (Premiere: Ken, Tov, Beseder)

2010    Middle Eastern Shorts, New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, Dec. 2. Programmer: Rene Broussard (Ken, Tov, Beseder)

2010    Toronto Urban Film Festival, Toronto Transit Commission, Network of 270 Onestop platform screens, Sept 10 – 19; Director, Sharon Switzer (Seldom)

2009    New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, November 17; Programmer: Rene Broussard (Palestine Trilogy)

2009    SunChild 2nd International Environmental Festival. Yerevan, South Caucasus, Armenia. October 25 to 29; Programmer: Ruben Khachatryan (Trading the Future)

2009    Ecofilms, Rodos International Films & Visual Arts Festival, Greece, June; Programmer: Lucia Rikaki (Trading the Future)

2008    City of Women, International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia Programmers: Dunja Kukovec & Koen Van Daele. Screening: October 15

2008    Conflict Zone Art Asylum, Tacheles, Berlin, Curator: Michael Ronen, March 2 (Palestine Trilogy)

2008    Mumbai International Film Festival, India. Programmer: V. Packirisamy, Feb. 4 (Deir Yassin Remembered)

            2008    World Premiere, Mumbai International Film Festival, India. Programmer: V. Packirisamy, Feb 7            (Trading the Future)

2008    North American Premiere, Closing Night Gala, Images Festival, Toronto. Programmers: Pablo O’Campo, Leslie Peters (Trading the Future) April 13

2008    Jacksonville Film Festival, Florida: Shorts of Epic Proportions 2, May 19 (Even in the Desert)

2007    Les Rencontres Madrid, Encontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, France, May 1-5 (Approximations)

2007    "America", The National Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia, curated by Jillian McDonald, Feb 20 (Approximations)

2006    Festival Internacional de VideoArte de Valencia, Sala Josep Renau, Facultad de Bellas Artes de Valencia, Spain and Pace Digital Gallery, New York, curated by Jillian McDonald, October

2006    Broadcast: Public Access TV in Hawaii, Olelo, Channel 54, Oahu, (Deir Yassin Remembered) Oct. 31st, Nov. 7th, Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th

2006    Toronto International Arab Film Festival, John Spotton Cinema, NFB, curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul, December (Deir Yassin Remembered)

2006    Observatori de Video No Identificat, (OVNI) Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain: programmed by Toni Serra & Joan Leandre (Deir Yassin Remembered) June

2006    Achtung Baby, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary; Casa Tranzit Haz, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 13 kubikov tranzit ateliery, Bratislava, Slovakia; curated by Nina Czegledy, (The Mission) June

2006    Vikalp: Films for Freedom, Mumbai, India: curated by Anand Patwardhan, May (Deir Yassin Remembered)

2006    Art + Activism, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto: curated by Kym Preusse, (Palestine Trilogy), January

2005    the fear series, video installation: Contained Mobility, Harbourfront York Quay Gallery, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video; curated by Scott Berry & Jeremy Rigsby, March

2005    Toronto International Arab Film Festival, John Spotton Cinema, NFB (pacts)

2003    Video Art Plastique, Métamorphose 2, Centre d’art Contemporain Basse-Normandie, France. curated by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomszak, Catalogue (The Mission)

2003    Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, April (In the Middle of the Street)

2003    Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, Austin, Texas, August (The Lonely Lesbian)

2002    Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Biagioli, England

2002    Mirror, Mirror: video work from the U.S. and Canada,” 291 Gallery, London, U.K., curated by Monica Bagioli.

2002    Piece Process, ARC Art Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Ill.: curated by Granite Amit, (In the Middle of the Street)

2001    Potshots: Recent Performance Installation and Video Art, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL., curated by Louise McKissick, (December 31,2000)

2001    Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, International Program Two, Toronto, ON, curated by Chris Gehman, April (The Mission)

2000    Images Festival, Orifice show (site specific installations), Robarts Library, UofT (You Are Here)

1998    Canada House, London, England (Selected Works)

1998    Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Boulder, Colorado

1998    Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film & Video Festival, Penn.(Fresh Blood)

1998    San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, San Francisco, California (Fresh Blood)

1998    Astrea Foundation, New York, N.Y. (Fresh Blood)

1997    Middle East Studies Association Film Fest, San Francisco, Calif. (Fresh Blood)

1997    The New Festival, New York, N.Y. (Fresh Blood)

1997    Gallery Connexion, Very Homo Show, Fredericton, N.B. (Fresh Blood)

1996    Festival Internacional de Video y Artes Electronicas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (Fresh Blood)

1994    Atlantis Gallery, Spontaneous Combustion, London, England (Bomb Shelters)

1991    Leister Media Festival, Canada House, England,       

1988    Broadcast: “NO T.V.” Cable, Rochester, N.Y.

1988    Tokyo Video Festival, Tokyo, Japan (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman)

1987    Gioviani Film and Video Festival, Torino, Italy (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman


curated and juried group exhibitions national

2017    7a*md8  – ON SCREEN, in partnership with Art Spin’s Desire Lines at Waterfront Toronto, programmers Golboo Amani and Francisco-Fernando Granados. August 24 (December 31, 2000, collaborative work with Johanna Householder)

2017    Liminal Visibility: Choreography Meets Performance on Video, Victoria Arts Council Gallery, June 24 –July 13 (Installation of Approximations, collaborative work with Johanna Householder)

2017    Toronto Queer Film Festival, Leaving the Nest, June 14 (Lessons for Polygamists)

2017    7a*md8  – ON SCREEN, in partnership with (Un)settled, The Guild, programmers Golboo Amani and Francisco-Fernando Granados. June 10 (December 31, 2000, collaborative work with Johanna Householder)

2012    Accented Video & the Autobiographical; Atomic Centre, Winnipeg, April 5 Programmers: Aisha Jamal and Sarah Shamash (Ken, Tov, Beseder)

2012    No Place: Queer Geographies on Screen, McIntosh Gallery, London, ON, April 2 Touring program; Curator: Anthea Black (Ken, Tov, Beseder)

2011          Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video, Curator: Janice Hladki

                                          -The Robert McLauglin Gallery, Oshawa. July 2 – August 25,

                                          -McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton: January 28 - March 27, 2010

2011    Lies that Tell the truth: The Centre for Art Tapes and the Khyber Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Halifax. Curators: Suzanne Caines and Claire Hodge, July 15 -August 14 (December 31, 2000, with Johanna Householder)

2008    IMAA Conference: On Common Ground, Kelowna, B.C. Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art, (a hot sandfilled wind)

2006    Paul Wong Presents: Split Decisions: a programme of video curated from the Vtape distribution collection, Vtape, Toronto, ON, Nov. 26, 2005 – Jan. 13

2005    Brisk Collages & Bricolges: Artistic audits & creative revisions of mainstream media in recent Canadian shorts, Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery, Halifax: curated by Gerta Johanna Cammaer, July [Catalog published by MSVU

2005    Image & Nation Film Festival, Montreal, curated by Nasrin Himada (Triskaidekaphobia)

2004    Herland Feminist Film & Video Festival, Calgary, Alberta(Triskaidekaphobia)

2002    Better Worlds: Activist and Utopian Projects by Artists, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University: curated by Jan Allen & Laura U. Marks, (of)fences (catalog published by Art Books Canada & AEAC)

2002    Artists Against the Occupation, Forest City Gallery, London, Ont.: curated by Jamelie Hassan, (In the Middle of the Street))      

2002    Image & Nation, Montreal International Queer Film Festival

2001    Magnetic North, curator: Richard Fung, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax, N.S.((of)fences)

2001    Out of Control in Media City, curator: Jeremy Rigsby, Available Light Collective, Ottawa,

1999    One World Film Festival, Canada

1997    Festival International du cinema et des nouveaux medias de Montreal, (Fresh Blood)        

1997    Herland Film and Video Festival, Calgary, Alta.(Fresh Blood)           

1997    Society of Cinema Studies Conference, Ottawa, Ont. (Fresh Blood)           

1997    Image et Nation gaie et lesbienne festival, Montreal, Qc. (Fresh Blood)                   

1997    Video In/Video Out, Vancouver, B.C. (Fresh Blood

1992    CFMDC Western Tour, 6 Cities from Winnipeg, Man. to Yellowknife, N.W.T.

1992    Canadian Film Celebration, Calgary, Alta., 1992        

1991    Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, B.C., (Is Dad Dead Yet)

1991    Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, N.S.(Is Dad Dead Yet)

1991    Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Yorkton, Sask.(Is Dad Dead Yet)        

1988    Festival International de Films et Videos de Femmes, Montreal, Qc., (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman)

1988    Insight Film and Video Festival, Edmonton, Alta. (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman)

1988    Video Femmes, Festival des Filles des Vues, Quebec City, Qc. (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman)

1988    Hamilton Artists Inc., The Eccentric Furniture Show, Hamilton, Ont. (My Mother is a Dangerous Woman)


curated and juried group exhibitions provincial

            2010     Memory & Memorialization, Remembering the Nakba, Beit Zeitoun, Toronto, May 13; Programmers: Ayeda Ayed & Robert Massoud; Moderator: John Greyson (Deir Yassin Remembered)

2009    Approximations, Parts 1 - 3, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto: September 11 – October 10

2008    Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay, Ontario- Sept (Even in the Desert)

2007    Verbatim, Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Fleishman Gallery, Toronto, Curator: Rochelle Holt (Approximations & Verbatim), Nov. 23 – Dec. 2

2006    Palestine Film Festival, London, Ontario (Palestine Trilogy)

2006    World Premiere, Royal Cinema, Toronto (Palestine Trilogy)

2005    A Very Personal Look: Toronto Video Art from the 70s to the Present, Art Gallery of York University: curated by Shay Gibson

2005    Hollywood Remake: a selection of videos by Laura Parnes and Johanna Householder & b.h. Yael, Curatorial Incubator Round II, Vtape Video, Toronto, ON, curated by Claire Eckert. Jan. 18 to March 25 [Catalog published by Vtape]

2004    London Lesbian Film Festival, London, Ontario

2003    Inside/Out Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival, Invitational program, Tor.

2003    Dig/Dug, Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto, curator: Vid Inglevic, video installation, May (offering)

2003    New Works Show, Pleasure Dome, Latvian House, Toronto, ON. curated by: Sulie Saragosa, Sylvie Wisniewski & Katie Varney, Feb.(December 31,2000)

2003    Photophobia, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, August (December 31, 2000)

2003    South of 60, South of 60 Arts Centre, Barry’s Bay, Ontario; curator: Pat Jeffries, (The Lonely Lesbian)

2002    The Lady Show, Vtape Video, Toronto, ON, curated by Alissa Firth-Eaglund and Zöe Stonyk, June (The Mission)

2002    Power to the People, Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener, ON. curated by Daniel Cockburn, (December 31, 2000 & (of)fences), September

2002    Broadcast: Pride Television, Toronto, Canada

2002    Inside Out Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival, curator: Pam Mathar (Triskaidekaphobia)

Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, 2001 (The Mission),

2001    Out of Control in Media City, Available Light Collective, Ottawa, curator: Jeremy Rigsby,   (The Mission),

2000    Art System, ElectroStatic, video collaboration and installation piece (Help Me)

2000    Music Gallery, collaboration with Marilyn Lerner, Toronto (Seldom)

1999    Harbourfront, Case Studies: The Word, Toronto (I will be (Whatever))

1997    Festival of Arab Culture, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ont. (Fresh Blood)

1997    Inside/Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Toronto, Ont., (Fresh Blood)

1997    Mercer Union Gallery, Spontaneous Combustion, Toronto, 1996 (Retelling collaboration project)

1996    YYZ Artists Outlet, East of Here... Reimagining the Orient, Jayce Salloum Toronto, Ont., (Fresh Blood)

1996    World Premiere, Jackman Hall, AGO, Toronto (Fresh Blood)

1992    National Film Board, Ontario Women’s Centre, Toronto, Ont.,

1991    LIFT Screenings, Ontario Cinemateque, Toronto, Ontario

1991    World Premiere, Euclid Theatre, Toronto, (Is Dad Dead Yet)

1990    Labour of Love, Women's Common, Women’s Art Resource Centre Toronto

1990    Artspace Artists’ Gallery, Spontaneous Combustion, Peterborough (Home Rule)

1989    The Euclid Centre Screen Opening Festival, Toronto

1988    Emma Productions at A Space, Toronto, Ont.

1988    Broadcast: TV Ontario, Moving Images, Toronto, Canada

1987    Broadcast: ‘300 Dollars’, McLean Hunter, Toronto, Canada

1987    Groupe Intervention Video, On the Run Canadian Cities Tour

1987    ArtCulture Resource Centre, Collation/Collusion, Toronto, Ont.


group exhibitions – collaborations

2001    blah blah blah, (Re)sponses to Quebec, Innis College, Toronto ((of)fences)

1993    Spontaneous Combustion, 1 Queen St/Yonge St, Toronto (Bomb Shelters)

1989    Spontaneous Combustion, Massey Ferguson Showroom, Toronto (Home Rule)

1987    Gallery 76, Toronto (Watch Your Language)

1985    The Rivoli, Toronto (The French Lesson, performance)

1984    The Music Gallery, Toronto (Broken Strands, performance)

1980    WomanTides (S.W.A.C.), Toronto and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (collaboration)


journals/publications

2016    “Devora Neumark: Challenging Home and Presence,” More Caught in Act, an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, Ed’s Johanna Householder & Tanya Mars. Artexte Editions, YYZ books

2014    “Dear John,” Walrus Magazine, March 2014

2012    Nahla Abdo: “Women in Israel: Race, Gender and Citizenship, review: Herizons Magazine, Summer 2012, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p43

2011    Cheryl l’Hirondelle, Joseph Naytowhow, b.h Yael. “Land Project: A Conversation between Canada and Israel/Palestine”, Cultivating Canada, Reconciliation through the Lens of Cultural Diversity. Ed’s Ashok Mathur, Jonathan Dewar, Mike DeGagné. Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Series, AHF, Ottawa,

2009    More Than Just Free Speech, Fuse magazine, Vol. 32, No.4, Sept 2009

2005    Pressed: When Words Were Earth, installation by Andrew Johnson, A Space Gallery publication, Feb.

2005    Picture the Performer, review of Caught in the Act, Sketch magazine, OCAD publication, Spring

2002    Nowhere Near the End, or, notes towards Trading the Future, Fuse Magazine, Vol 25, Number 4

­2001    Video Stills Essay, Tessera, 2001

1999    Unbound Geographies/Fused Histories, A Space/Central St Martins, Toronto, 1999

1998    De-limiations, (program notes) British/Canadian Exchange, V Tape, 1998

1994    You cannot hear her grief, her crying, MATRIART, Women and War, 4/2/94: Bombshelters

1993    Inside/Outside: Shifting Perspectives, Images Film and Video Festival Catalogue, 1993

1991    Critical Perspectives, introductory remarks, Trinity Square Video Collection, 1991

1990    Sound Symposium, St.John’s,Nfld, (photography) Musicworks Magazine, 1990

1988    Images of Voice, Musicworks 42, Fall 1988

1988    Plains Conference, Fuse Magazine, Fall 1988


programming/curation: exhibitions/performances/etc. 

Co-programmer, Art Creates Change, lecture series OCAD University (2009 –present). Joe Sacco, September 20, 2017; Kent Monkman, February 8, 2017; Black Lives Matter, Leroy Newbold and Cyrus Marcus, Oct 26, 2016; Larissa Sansur, Sept 21, 2016; Public Studio, January 27, 2016; Rick Lowes, November 4, 2015; Rebecca Belmore, October 1, 2015; Dylan Miner and Devora Neumark, January 27, 2015 and others

            Programmer, The Camera Am I, Fabulous Fringe Film Festival, Durham, ON, 2006  

Co-Curator, The Olive Project, Two minutes for Peace and Justice, Programming and Web launch, Hard Pressed Curatorial collective, at Tranz < - >Tech International Video Art Biennial, Toronto, 2003

Programmer, Hand on the Pulse, Joyce Warshow, OCAD, co-sponsored with Inside/Out Festival, Sexual Diversity (U. of T.), Lesbian & Gay Archives, Innis College, U. of T., 2002

Programmer, Canadian De-limitations, LUX Cinema, London, England, 1998

Programmer, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Toronto, Ont., 1993

Programmer, Feminism and Health Conference, Peterborough, Ont., 1990


exhibition catalogue essays

Pressed: When Words Were Earth, installation by Andrew Johnson, A Space Gallery publication, Feb. 2005

Picture the Performer, review of Caught in the Act, Sketch magazine, OCAD publication, Spring 2005

Unbound Geographies/Fused Histories, A Space/Central St Martins, Toronto, 1999


reviews of work/exhibitions

Crane, Connie. Longing for belonging: the artistry of B.H. Yael. Herizons Magazine, September 22, 2011 (FALL 2011/ VOLUME 25 NO. 2)

Richard Fung. Geopolitics & The Videos of b.h. Yael. Fierce Magazine, March 10, 2010

Springgay, Stephanie. (2008). Corporeal pedagogy and contemporary video art. Art Education, 61 (2), 18-24.

Witnesses to History, New Works by b.h. Yael and Richard Fung, Dot Tuer, Sketch magazine, OCAD publication, Spring 2006

Palestine Trilogy, Kevin Temple, Globe and Mail, January 6, 2006

Yael’s potent Palestine Trilogy, Fran Schechter, Now Magazine, January 5, 2006

Imperfect Homecomings, Marilyn Burgess, Topia, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, No.2, Spring 1998

            Fresh Blood, Sandra Haar, Fuse Magazine, Volume 20, No. 1, Winter 1997

Home video’ makes Yael’s tale a true saga, Peter Goddard, Toronto Star, Sept. 19, 1996

Judy Garland’s battle grounds, Kyla Wazana, XTRA, Dec.5, 1996

Video artist reconstructs shifting Jewish identity, Cameron Bailey, NOW, Sept. 19, 1996

Desiring Daughters, Renee Baert, Screen 34:2, Summer 1993

This feminist film is drop-dead funny, Craig McInnis, Toronto Star, Jan. 15, 1991

Is Dad Dead Yet, Cameron Bailey, Now Magazine, Feb. 28, 1991

Is Dad Dead Yet?’  Diana Vazquez, Flea Bite, March 1991

Mothers Making Art, Pam Patterson, MATRIART, Vol. 1, no. 4, 1991

Watch Your Language, Jennie Punter, Nerve Magazine, April 1987

            The 1986 New Work Show, Geoffrey Shea, Cinema Canada, Nov. 1986


reviews of work/group exhibitions       

Spontaneous Combustion, Jennifer Rudder, Fuse Magazine, Spring 1994

Spontaneous Combustion, Jerry McGrath, Parachute, no. 74, April-June 1994

Spontaneous Combustion filling up empty office space, Deirdre Hanna, NOW, Dec. 9, 1993

Detonate! (They Blew Up Real Good), Randi Spires, Fuse Magazine, Spring 1990

Combustion stokes artistic fires, Donna Lypchuck, Metropolis, Nov. 9, l989

Dynamic young artists kickstart art season, Christopher Hume, Toronto Star, Nov.10, 1989


festival/art juries

Kos International Health Film Festival Ippokratis, Greece: International Feature Film Jury, 2009    

Ontario Association of Art Galleries Jury:  Book Design, Gallery Publications, Web Site Design, Ontario’s Public Gallery Publications; September 2008 ; Demetra Christakos, Seriously, Time to Stop; A Campaign to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: Two Minutes to Move Forward Video Contest; May 2009; Anna Jaikaran and Martha Goodings, 2009

Imaginative Media Arts Festival, Experimental Film and Video: Gisele Gordon; 2007


academic activities/conference presentations (selected)

2017    Uncertain Futures Symposium, Canadian Association for American Studies Conference, organized by Ross Daniel Bullen and Mary Eileen Wennekers, October 28 (Trading the Future)

2017    University of Hawai’i, International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program, Faculty Speaker Series, Burns Hall, Faculty: Nandita Sharma, January 25 (Trading the Future)

2016    At the intersections of autobiography and politics, Art and Resistance Conference, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, May 12 -16 Rehab Nazzal

2016    Pegasus Conference (Peace, Global Health and Sustainability) Sheraton Toronto Airport Conference Centre, Toronto, May 15, 2016: Trading the Future. Dr. Petra Hroch

2014    Symposium on Arab Canadian Studies (ACANS), Artist Talk, York University, Founders College. March 5th - 6th 2014, co-organized by Walid El Khachab and Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

2013    Screening and Artist Talk: Trading the Future, NSCAD University, Bell Auditorium, January 14. Dr Max Haven, Halifax

 2012   Guest Filmmaker: Arab Canadian Filmmakers Seminar; University of Ottawa,

 2011    Women in Israel: Race, Gender and Citizenship, Dr. Nahla Abdo, Beit Zatoun                                           Reviewers: Professor Himani Bannerji, Professor Amir Hassanpour, Lilian Abou-Tabickh

2010    Apres Vous: Ethics, Pedagogy, Memory and Justice, Roundtable: Art and Pedagogy, OISE/University of Toronto, Nov. 12 – 14.  Chair: Kim Simon, Gallery TPW 

 2010    University of Toronto, Hart House. Dr, Shahrzad Mojab; Dissent: The Politics and Poetics of Women’s Resistance, Women and Gender Studies Institute, May 11-12; Chair: Dr. Dina Georgis

 2010    McMaster University, Museum Panel, Fierce: Women’s Hot-Blooded Film/Video Curator: Janice Hladki, Jan. 29

2009    University of Toronto, New College. Dr. Dina Georgis; Violent Contradictions & Feminist Responses, The War on Gaza, A Symposium: Screening, April 2: Deir Yassin Remembered; Panel, April 3: “Reflections on Violent Contradictions”

2008    Conscience, Culture, Politics, Macaulay Honors College at the City University of                                       New York, March 27 & 28, Dr. Lee Quinby

2007    Society of Biblical Literature & American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego. November 17 – 20. Panel Chair: Dr. Janet Ross, McMaster University. Respondents: Tina Pippin, Agnes Scott College; Lee Quinby, CUNY

2007    Journal Review:  Intercultural Education, Volume 18 No. 4 November 2007: "Shaking Up" Vision: Video as a Site of Personal and Pedagogical Intervention in Mona Hatoum's Measures of Distance, Contested Imaginaries:  Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back: Transnational Feminist Reading Practices, Pedagogy, and Ethical Concerns

2007    University of Toronto, Koffler Centre. Transnationalism, Activism, Art conference, Dr. Rinaldo Wolcott.  Resisting Borders: Canadian Video Artists Approaches to Identity and Trans-local Cultural Exchanges. Panel Chair: Dot Tuer

2003    Women’s Voices from the Middle East, Symposium panel, Diaspora, Islam & Gender -MCRI Project, The Centre for Feminist Research, York University: moderator: Dr. Haideh Moghissi, March

2003    Transnational Improvisations: Performing Hybridity, University of British Columbia,Conference Organizer: Dr. Sneja Gunew, Oct.

2001    Panel, Technology and Gender, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

2001    Paper, Retextualizing Gender, Media Technology and Gender conference, Panel Chair: Dr. Lee Quinby, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, Oct.

1998    Panel Chair, Radical Artiface, Universities Arts Association Conference, London, Ont.

1997    Brown University, Locating Feminisms conference, Rhode Island

1997    Screening & presentation, Independent Video; Console-ing Passions; TV, Video and Feminism Conference, Concordia Univ., Montreal

1996    Panel, Console-ing Passions; TV, Video and Feminism Conference, Madison, Wisc.


academic activities/artist talks and screenings

2017    Social Movements that Change the World, Ryerson University, Judy Rebick, Nov. 9,

2016    Social Movements that Change the World, Ryerson University, Judy Rebick, Nov. 11

2014    York University, Faculty of Fine Art, Toronto. Professor Jon Baturin; Critical Issues: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity (FA/VISA 3001X), Feb. 24, 2010 & Oct 1

2013    McMaster University, Hamilton, Screening, March 12

 2010    York University, Social & Political Thought. Gabriel Levine; Strategies of Critique XXIV: The Future (tbd); Graduate Students Conference, (Trading the Future) April 9

 2010    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Professors Isabelle Kim Lance McCready; Approaches to Urban Education (CTL1799Y), March 8 panel

2009    York University, Stong College, Toronto. Dr. Dalia Kandiyoti; Global Jewish Literature and Culture: April 29

2009    Brandon University, Manitoba. Dr. Di Brandt, Canada Research Chair, Literature & Creative Writing; Screenings, Feb. 11 & Feb. 12

 2009    Master Class, Brandon University, Manitoba. Dr. Di Brandt, Canada Research Chair, Literature & Creative Writing; Feb. 13

2009    University of Winnipeg. Dr. Marvis Reimer, Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood; Screening, Feb. 10

2007    McMaster University, Film and Theatre Dept, Dr. Janis Hladky

2007    Global Tensions, Global Possibilities, McMaster University, Hamilton, Sept. 21-13: Emily Lukaweski

2007    McMaster University, Dr. Diane Enns, Department of Philosophy, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition

2006    University of Western Ontario, Dept. of Film Studies, Dr. Christopher Gittens

2006    University of Ottawa, Department of Science, Cinema Politica, Dr. Denis Rancourt

2005    Point of View, Nat Taylor Cinema, York University. programmed by Siamak Haseli

2005    McMaster University, Film and Theatre Dept, Dr. Janis Hladky

2005    Crossing Divides:  Dialogue and Action for Justice, Emmanuel College, U. of T.    

2004    Artist talk: Great Hall, Student Life Centre, University of Waterloo

2003    Chile Exchange, Art Making as Departure and Arrival, Moderator: Here and There: Translating Conflict panel, Ontario College of Art and Design

2002    Signs of Hope in the Middle East, OISE, (chair), Near East Culture & Education Panel Chair: Signs of Hope in the Middle East, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Near East Culture & Education Foundation & Science for Peace, Noam Chomsky event, Nov.

2002    University of Connecticut, Women’s Center

2002    Artist Talk, McMaster University, Film and Theatre Dept, Dr. Janis Hladky

2002    Media and Democracy Panel, (panelist) Ryerson University, Oct.  International Environmental Film & Video Festival

2001    Lecture, Fisher Center, "2001 Space Odyssey: Gender Journeys and Gendered Spaces", Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, Dr. Betty Bayer

1998    University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.


artist presentations/panels

2017    Dislocation in the Cinema, Images Festival, April 21, The Commons, 401 Richmond          

2015    Feminist Art Conference. Division of Labour – Gendered Tasks and Expectations; OCAD University, Panel Moderator. Sept 27, 2015, Division of Labour – Gendered Tasks and Expectations, March 8, 2014, organized by Ilene Sova

2012    Routes and Roots of Feminist Cultural Production, Resources for Feminist Research, Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto, William Doo Auditorium, November 8

2012    Moderator: Prefix Urban Field Speakers Series: Uriel Orlow: April 24, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art; Curator: Scott McLeod

2009    National Film Board panel, Flipping Out, dir. Yoav Shamir; David Schatzky, moderator. Jan. 29,

2007    Sweet Mud, Rendez vous with Madness Film Festival, November 12, Kate Lushington, curator

2007    Responses to work by Yael Bartana, The Power Plant, Helena Reckitt, curator; Panel Chair Lisa Steele, March 21

2006    Downloading Video: Video Art and Digital Culture; Video Art in Canada website launch, Moderator: Lisa Steele: Canadian Art film series, Al Green Theatre, Toronto

2006    Artists Against War, Metro Hall, Toronto

2004    Crossing Divides:  Dialogue and Action for Justice, Emmanuel College, U. of T., Dr. James Graff

2003    Artist panel: Dig/Dug, Koffler Art Gallery, Toronto, curator: Vid Inglevic, May

2003    Panel moderator: Here and There: Translating Conflict, Chile Exchange, Art Making as Departure and Arrival, Ontario College of Art and Design, organizer: Prof. Diane Pugen

2003    Artist talk: Report Back: All Done, Go Home, Medical Sciences Building, Science for Peace, University of Toronto, Dr. James Graff

2002    Artist Talk, Report Back: In the Middle of the Street, Northrop Frye Hall, University of                                 Toronto

2002    Panel organizer/moderator, Active/ReActive, Planet In Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film & Video Festival

2002    Artist Panel, Bent on Change, (artist talk) U. of T., Ryerson & York University, Organized by Lisa Steele

2002    Media Panel: Media and Democracy Panel, Ryerson University, Oct.

2002    Artist Panel, Trembling before G-d, Cineplex, Toronto

2002    Hamilton Public Library, Jackson Square, Hamilton, (In the Middle of the Street)

2001    Workshop Facilitator, Montreal Centre for Judaica and the Performing Arts, Montreal

1998    Panel Moderator, Unbound Geographies/Fused Histories, A Space panel at AGO

1992    Visiting Artist, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph.

1991, Panel moderator, Trinity Square Video, A Critical Perspective, 1982-1991 Collection

1990, Panel, Healing Images: Media Representation; O.I.S.E. Toronto

1990    Artist Talk, Women's Art Resource Centre, Women's Common, Toronto,


community presentations

 

2016    Instructor, Grant writing for Arts Councils workshops, Liaison Independent Filmmakers Toronto (LIFT) Feb 2016; June 2015; Feb 2015; Sept 2014; and many more

2013    Answer the Call, August 16 Collective. Gladstone premier, John & Tarek’s Jail Break Cabaret, Nov. 9 (http://vimeo.com/79682177) Collaborative video project

2013    Partitions, Migrations and Exiles: Reflections on the Question of Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands, International Diaspora Film Festival, Innis College, U of T, Nov. 3

2013    Dalhousie University, King’s College, Halifax, Screening, January 15 (Ken, Tov, Beseder and Deir Yassin Remembered)

2011    Opening remarks:  Lines of Resistance, Prison Art from the Middle East, Beit Zeitoun, April 9; Organized by Dr. Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, Department of Adult Education, OISE/University of Toronto

2010    Presentation: Masjid Mosque, Mississauga, ON, Nov. 5, Organized by Saadia Khan; Co-presenation with Khaled Loutfi Mouammar, Canadian Arab Federation

2009    Panel participant: Speaking Out: Jewish Artists Uncensored, Winchevsky Centre, Nov. 24; Moderator: Susan Cole        

2009    Moderator: panel, Israel/Canada: Military and Political Connections: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), May 15; Organized by Not In Our Name

2009    CBC Radio: Q interview - Host, Jian Ghomeshi, May 13: http://www.cbc.ca/q/blog/2009/05/post_7.html

2009    Panel discussion & screening: TAROQ Islamic Center and The Muslim Unity Group, May 9; Mohammed Shokr, organizer (Deir Yassin Remembered)

2009    Moderator: panel, Gaza, the Narrative Gap: Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Mar 3; Organized by OCAD Student Union

2008    Moderator: panel, Is There a Connection? Zionism and Islamaphobia: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Nov. 28; Organized by Not in Our Name

2007    Brunswick Theatre, Toronto. Programmer: Robert Allison, Nov. 25 (Palestine Trilogy).

2007    Artists Against War, Christie Pitts, July (a hot sandfilled wind).

2007    QUIT: Quaker Initiative to end Torture, Canadian Conference, St. Paul University, Ottawa, organized by Anne-Marie Zilliacus, April |27–28

2007    McGill Faculty of Law, New Chancelor Day Hall, RadLaw, organized by Lissa Frances, March 5

2007    Adult Education, Temple Israel Synagogue, Ottawa, organized by Diana Ralph, January 28

2006    Masjid Al-Noor Mosque, St. Catherines, sponsored by Cordoba Foundation organized by Murtaza Najmudin, chaplain Brock University

2006    Lula Lounge, Fundraiser for Palestine

2006    Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Vanier College, Montreal

2006    Artists Against War, Metro Hall, Toronto

2006    Sky Dragon Community, Development Co-operative Inc., programmer: Kevin MacKay, Hamilton

2005    3D: Diversity, Democracy and Dissent in the Jewish Community, Metro Hall

2005    A Call for Morally Responsible Investment: A Nonviolent Response to the Israeli Occupation, Steelworkers Hall, Toronto

2004    Talk Cinema, Toronto International Film Group, Grande Cinema, Toronto

2005    V Tape Advisory on web site:  Video Art in Canada

2005    A Call for Morally Responsible Investment: A Nonviolent Response to the Israeli Occupation, Steelworkers Hall, Toronto

2005    3D: Diversity, Democracy and Dissent in the Jewish Community, Metro Hall, Toronto

2005    Struggling for Peace in Israel/Palestine: Breaking Down the Barriers, Oakwood Collegiate Institute

2005    Jewish remnants in Iraq and Israel: Sephardic Kehila Centre, Toronto

2004    Messianic Judaism, Bloor Street United Church

2004    Talk Cinema, Toronto International Film Group, Grande Cinema

2004    Israel/Palestine Report Back, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

2003    All Done, Go Home, Medical Sciences Building, Science for Peace, University of Toronto

2003    Women’s Voices from the Middle East, Symposium (panelist), Diaspora, Islam & Gender -MCRI Project, York University

2003    The Middle East and War on Iraq, Symposium (moderator), Victoria College, University of Toronto

2002    Northrop Frye Hall, University of Toronto (In the Middle of the Street)

2002    Hamilton Public Library, Jackson Square, Hamilton (In the Middle of the Street)

2002    Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, St Catharines (In the Middle of the Street)

2002    A Space Art Gallery (In the Middle of the Street)

2002    Morris Wynchevsky Shule, Toronto (In the Middle of the Street)

2002    Hillel Children’s group, New College, University of Toronto (In the Middle of the Street)

1997    Screening & Panel, Anti-Racism Network, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

1991    Visiting Artist, Cimino, Video workshops

1989    Instructor, Video Production workshops, Trinity Square Video, Toronto

1988    Video Editor, Home is where the Heart is, Emma Productions


arts/festival juries

2009    Kos International Health Film Festival Ippokratis, Greece: International Feature Film Jury, Lucia Rikaki

2009    Seriously, Time to Stop; A Campaign to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons: Two Minutes to Move Forward Video Contest; May 2009; Anna Jaikaran and Martha Goodings

2008    Ontario Association of Art Galleries Jury:  Book Design, Gallery Publications, Web Site Design, Ontario’s Public Gallery Publications; Demetra Christakos, September

2007    Imaginative Media Arts Festival, Experimental Film and Video: Gisele Gordon

2004    Canada Council for the Arts, (3 juries) Media Arts Dissemination: Annual Assistance for Programming, Assistance for Festivals and Distributors, Project Grants

2002   Ontario Arts Council, Visual and Media Arts Artist-Run Centres and Organizations

2002    Toronto Arts Council, Individual Media Arts 

2001    Trinity Square Video, Video Residency, Sex show Jury

2001    Ontario Arts Council, Visual and Media Arts Artist-Run Centres and Organizations

2000    Canada Council, Cinemateque Review Jury

1999    Trinity Square Video, hiring Committee

1999    Canada Council, Web site evaluation

1999    Inside Out Film and Video Festival, best of Canadian work

1999    Trinity Square Video, Purchase Collection

1997    Public Art Commission Jury, Community Services, City of York

1996    Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Telefilm Award Jury

1996    Canada Council, Review of Distribution ARC’s

1995    Ontario Arts Council, Film and Video Jury

1994    Canada Council, Film Jury

1993    Trinity Square Video, Purchase Collection

1991    Canada Council, Video Production Jury


academic reviews

            External Referee, Promotion Review of Faculty, Division of Media Arts, NSCAD University, 2018

External Academic Promotion Review of Faculty, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor, 2014

External Academic Research Award Review School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor, 2013

External Academic Promotion Review of Faculty, Department of Visual Arts, University of Victoria, 2009

2007    External Academic Review of Faculty, Communications Studies, University of Windsor


arts and community boards

            2014 –             Cinema Politica, Advisory Board, National & International screening series

            2012 – 2016    Beit Zatoun Cultural Centre, Board Member, cultural center for social justice

            2011 – 2017    Wychwood Open Door, Community Drop In for people at risk

2001                Planet in Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Board Member

1988 – 1995    Northern Visions Film and Video Association, Images Festival, Board Member        

1989 – 1991    Euclid Theatre, Programming Committee

1991 – 1992    Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Board Member

1988               Emma Productions, Board Member

1987 – 1989    A Space, Video Committee


courses/workshops

2017       “How to Talk to People About Things”, Misha Glouberman, Sept, 6 weeks, Shaw YoungPlace

2017       “Authentic Facilitation II: Learning to Sit in the Fire of Conflict”, Anima Leadership, Annahid Dashtgard, May, CSI  

2015       Paper Cutout Animation, Toronto Animation Image Society, Lynn Dana Wilton

2015       Dragonframe, Stop Motion, Toronto Animation Image Society, Evan DeRushie

2014       AfterEffects workshop, Witz Education

2014       The Doc Story Workshop, CSI, Juan Baquero

2003       Final Cut Pro Workshops, OCAD, Instructor: Brad Johnson

2000       Media 100 Orientations, Professional Development, Chris Terry, OCAD

1999       Women Writers Workshop, Ann Decter, George Brown College

1999       Director Workshop, Patrick Lee, OCAD

1999       Hand Processing Film Workshop, Philip Hoffman, Sheridan College

1998       Electronics for Artists, Simone Jones, Toronto School of Art

1996       Writing Workshop, Susan Musgrave

1996       Dialogue/Script Writing, George Brown College

1991       Production Management Workshop, Alex Raffi, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto

1990       Film workshop, Phil Hoffman, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto

1989       Writing Workshop, Ursula Pflug, Trinity Square Video

1988       Directing Workshop, Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Trinity Square Video

1983       Painting Studio, Joyce Wieland, Artsake

1981    Figure Drawing, Diane Pugen, Artsake