Hila Zaksenberg

Arab Representations in Visual Culture among Jewish Communities in Israel

Hila Zaksenberg is a PhD candidate at the Department of Folklore and Folk Culture Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is writing her dissertation “Arab Representations in Visual Culture among Jewish Communities in Israel: Three Case Studies” under the supervision of Prof. Shalom Sabar and Dr. Dani Schrire. Her research addresses the way Jewish communities in Palestine and later in Israel used material visual motives which they identified as representing Arabness. Through the examination of these motives the research sets out to explore this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective and shed light on the preoccupation the conception of Arabness in various arts and design fields. This study will profoundly examine the iconographic and semiotic sources of these motives and their use in the developing visual culture in Israel.

Hila holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of arts and Design, Jerusalem (2007) and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Kingston University in Partnership with the Design Museum London (2010, her thesis was awarded a Commendation). In 2016 she was awarded the Immanuel Olsvanger Prize.

Alongside her academic research, since 2009 Hila has worked on various projects in the field of digital heritage and archival materials in digital media. Since 2016 she is the manager of “The National Digital Collection: Architecture, Dance, Design and Theatre” project at the National Library of Israel.