Yanir Shani (b. 1980) is an artist living and working at Lademoen Kunstnerversteder in Trondheim, Norway. He received his BFA from Bezalel Academy of art and design in Jerusalem (2011) and a MFA from Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (2017). Yanir explores the possibilities of conceptual abstraction in which the textual and cultural aspects of photography, provide the impetus for experiments in photographic deconstruction.
By manipulating traditional methods of production in photography during the printing process in the darkroom, he creates large-scale analog images that deal with distraction, disappearance, and obscure landscapes. Shani’s visual research creates a relationship between landscape photography and concepts like memory, home, borders, trauma, and identity, with references to social, economic, political, and geological issues.