Hilla Ben Ari lives and works in Tel Aviv. She started her artistic education at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem, finished in 1999 with a BFA degree and participated in the Advanced Studies Program in Fine Arts at Kalisher College Tel Aviv in 2003. In 2006, she received a MA degree in Poetics and Comparative Literature at Tel Aviv University. Her work has been presented worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, at the Videonale in Berlin, at the Asian Art Biennal in Taiwan, at the Optica Festival in Madrid and in many museums and galleries in Israel.
Ben Ari uses different media like drawing paper, liquid paint and video. Her objects shift playfully between two- and three-dimensionality and are often based on a manual sisyphean labor. The compositions are in dialog with the surrounding space and manifest different relations of force between strength and fragility especially with respect to the human body. By combining figures and parts of creatures with industrial elements Ben Ari critically examines moral standards and social expectations of society.