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After being awarded the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s “Artist of the Community'' scholarship (2014), Kedar returned to Arad, the city where she was raised, and co-founded the “Arad Art and Architecture” residency program and “Arad Contemporary Art Center,” in cooperation with the municipality. In Arad she initiated her PhD thesis which explores artistic interventions in areas that are distant from dominant cultural centers, focusing on the culture of the Negev. Her research develops curatorial interventions that consider the subjugated, situated knowledges of the Negev desert through a critical approach that challenges patriarchal and colonial domination.
As an artist and a curator Kedar has organized, participated and curated exhibitions in Israel and abroad. These include “Summer Harvest” (Israel Museum, Jerusalem), “Rulers” (Camden Arts Centre, London), and “Sipookation” (Kav 16 Community Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv-Yaffo). She has also chaired and participated in conferences on the relationship between art, politics, and the economy. These include “Art, Power and Knowledge” (Tel Aviv Museum of Art), “Protest and Art” (Israel Museum), and “Contemporary Political Art” (Van Leer Institute). Since 2020 Kedar is a senior staff member at the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev and since 2008 she is a lecturer in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Hadas Kedar in Wikipedia (Hebrew)
Hadas Kedar is an artist, curator, curatorial researcher and a cultural entrepreneur in the field of curatorship. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and from the University of Middlesex in London, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Research Platform for Curatorial and Cross-disciplinary Cultural Studies, a joint program of the department of art at the University of Reading (UK) and the postgraduate program in curating at the Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland.