Work Description

Ohad's practice explores the relationship between individuals and their surroundings. Departing from a background in photography and cognitive science, his work oscillates between different conceptual frameworks and modes of observation and participation that form together a typology of a place, both internal and external. Utilizing a generous amount of deadpan humour and investigative of the uncanny nature of the human experience, he creates potential alternative ‘scenarios’ in which the viewer/reader may experience a more liberating and synergetic model of space and time.


Ohad Ben Shimon (IS/FR) is an artist, writer and educator based in Amsterdam. He is currently following the Research M.A. in Cultural Analysis at University of Amsterdam (2018-2020). He holds a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005); a B.A. in Photography from The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2009); and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with distinction from Nottingham University (2015). He has been awarded several grants (Can Serrat Writers Support Stipend, Stroom Den Haag Research & Art Project Grants, Fonds BKVB Pilot Project) and participated in exhibitions across Europe (Winning Hearts and Minds at Documenta 13 in Kassel, curated by Critical Art Ensemble, Making Use, Dutch Art Institute at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, curated by Nick Aikens, Annie Fletcher and Steven ten Thije, Geschichte in Geschichten at Helmhaus Zürich, curated by Daniel Morgenthaler, Sugary Photographs at Fotomuseum Antwerp, curated by Chris Clarke, Carne con Mayo at the Rich Mix Theatre in London, curated by Steven Fowler and Holly Pester, Escrita Na Paisagem Performance festival in Evora, Portugal, curated by José Alberto Ferreira, Donner du Temps au Temps at Espace des Blancs-Manteaux in Paris, curated by Vladimir Kara and Masha Schmidt). He has been Artist In Residence at Can Serrat Artist Residency, Spain and Obras Artist Residency, Portugal amongst others. In September 2013 his first book titled '2 blue cups on two different corners of the table' was published by VerySmallKitchen. Two years later (2015) an audiobook of the same publication was released online, read by Dr. Andrew Taylor. He contributes regularly to various publications/broadcasts such as Very Small Kitchen, Editions Clinamen, Red Light Radio, Time To Meet Publications, Circa Contemporary Art, The International Educator, PhotoQ and Mifgash Magazine.