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Yulia Markman

MA work

My Stranger Face

My Stranger Face is an installation work that includes three projectors in a dark room, accompanied by a voice over. 

This project demonstrates a two year exploration of my self identity as an immigrant and an outsider, through photographs of stranger men as well as photographs of public spaces that are devoid of people. For me, these contain potential environmental conditions for examination of the photographic representation of the body and its traces, even when it is absent, as a way to communicate the human condition. As a female photographer there is a play around power and vulnerability exchanged between both me and the subject. This creates a fragile intimacy with the subjects and enables a short glance into the depth of  the naked, uncovered human nature.  

The work also operates as a study – as a reference to the nude in the tradition of painting (naked vs. nude) as well as to the relationship between the sitter and the artist.

The installation functions as an illusion that appears and disappears  in a duration that is set for the viewer in advance and creates short encounters between the viewer and the images. This results in an elusive interaction and instilling the images with new meanings and interpretations.


  • self portrait image
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2014

  • What guides me in my work are the questions about the power of the photographic image in general and the photographic portrait in particular.  The questions of how much it can reveal and/or obscure as well as the ethical and political issues that are related to an encounter between two strangers that is mediated by a camera, are the  main focus of my work.

    I am interested in the photographic representation of the body and its traces, even when it is absent, as a way to communicate the human condition. Additionally, I explore the aspects of identity and belonging through the observation of  the social and  cultural structures around us.

  • Degrees

  • BEdDes (Hons) Photography, WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education, Israel, 2009
  • Experience

  • Freelance photography educator, Rehovot, Israel, 2011; Teaching assistant, Photography department, WIZO Haifa Academy of Design and Education, Israel, 2009-11
  • Exhibitions

  • Israel-New York, Ben-Rimon gallery, New York, NY, 2011; Children of Angola, Luanda Museum, Luanda, Angola, 2009
  • Awards

  • RCA Exchange Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 2013; Winner, LR Group Cultural Foundation, Travel Bursary, 2012; Winner, Doron Diamant Foundation, Excellence Scholarship, 2007
  • Publications

  • Oliver Richon, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Science & Fiction, Black Dog Publishing, 2014; 'Movement', Emily Anne Kuriyama, GRAPHITE Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts (4), California, 2013 ; 'The distance between the man and the shirt', Daniel Zilberberg, Walla Culture, 2009