Joseph Dadoune

    About the artist

    1975: Was born in Nice, France

    Yosef Joseph Dadoune was born in 1975 in Nice, France, and immigrated to Israel in 1980 with his mother. The two settled in Ofakim, where he grew up and studied at a local yeshiva; the artist still resides there. Dadoune works in a range of media: photography, installation art, film, and video. In his cinematic language, Dadoune defines a social and artistic agenda that strives to break loose from the periphery, while still preserving its cultural structure, architecture, and geographic landscape in an attempt to generate a discourse with Israeli society as a whole.

    The film Sion, starring Ronit Elkabetz dressed in clothes designed by Christian Lacroix, premiered at the Louvre Museum in 2006. The film was produced in conjunction with the Louvre, with Dadoune being the first Israeli director whom the Louvre has allowed to film on its premises. In November 2007, a solo exhibition of Dadoune's works – Sion – A Cinematic Trilogy – was presented at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art (curator: Drorit Gur Arie).

    Dadoune’s works have been featured in both group and solo exhibitions at various venues including Le Plateau in Paris, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, Vermelho Gallery in São Paulo and the Filmmuseum in Düsseldorf. In Israel, his works have been exhibited in Janco Dada Museum, Alon Segev Gallery, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon and the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel. Dadoune’s films have been screened at film festivals, museums and galleries in Malta, Germany, Belgium, Dallas, Texas, and at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque (retrospective evening, 2008).

    In 2008 Dadoune received the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema South Film Festival, and was awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture's Young Artist Award of the same year. A monograph on his works has been published by the Petach Tikva Museum (edited by Drorit Gur Arie).

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