Gal Cohen (b. 1986, Israel) is a visual artist, living and working in Harlem, NY. Drawing on archival materials, Gal Cohen offers a form of visual storytelling. She proclaims architecture and key female figures throughout history as two cultural signifiers that the patriarchal society erases from the narratives it wishes to promote. Cohen resurrects demolished historical houses that shaped her childhood landscape in Israel. Due to lack of inclination towards conserving them, the knowledge of their existence was for most parts buried along with their ruins. Similar process happens with key female characters throughout history that challenged social conventions. Through alternative documentation practice of painting, Cohen offers access to these houses, women, and alternative narratives.
Cohen is a recent alumni of the AIM fellowship in the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Cohen earned her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons The New School in 2018. Graduated from the B.F.A in Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem (2009), she studied Gender studies in Tel-Aviv University (2014-2015). Cohen participated in residencies, solo and group exhibition in Israel, Canada, France and the US, and is the recipient of the ‘Bluewolf’ scholarship in 2017, NY. Among the exhibitions she showed in are: Queer portraiture at Bric Gallery, Brooklyn (2019), Clemente Art Center, NY (2018), Spring/Break Art Show 2018, ‘BitterSweet Dream’, Bleuwolf, NY (2017), ‘Collectors Show’, The Hub – ArtPrize, Michigan (2017), Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv (2016) and more.
Space to Connect Programming
Cohen will be hosting a series of art workshops for the residents of 535-539 E162nd St in Washington Heights.