Doron Polak is an artist, curator and projects leader, who lives and works in Tel Aviv (Israel). He studied Fine Arts at Tel Aviv University and also in Talma Yalin (Tel Aviv), and completed advanced studies in creative drama in Berlin and London.
He is the founder of Projective and Artura, which are committed to promoting public and community art as well as events that link science to art. Projects include the construction of a major sculpture gardens in hospice areas.
Polak is also the Israeli representative on the International Artists’ Museum, a global umbrella group of artists that helps to develop multinational art projects, since 1993. Through the Artists’ Museum Polak recruited artists to participate in shows at the Kassel Documenta in Germany, the Orensanz Center in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, and the Habitat Center in New Delhi, in the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York, he curated multi-media installation exploring issues of home, displacement, and reconstruction, etc. To date, he has organized more than 300 exhibitions in Israel and more than 50 overseas.
As a curator, Polack pairs the works of Jewish and Arab Israeli artists and makes them travel internationally. His projects involving Arab and Jewish Israeli artists carry a message dialogue and peace.
Polak has also initiated many projects aimed at increasing awareness about environmental issues. The project Net Art dealt with the issue of how urban spaces deal with electricity poles as an object in cities, in order to raise awareness around the complexe question of energy distribution.
He also founded an improvisational theater and movement group called the Tara Theater Group, which he both manages and performs with.
As an artist, Doron Polak specializes in performance and outdoor art – examines the position of the body in relation to disaster and loss. The inspiration for his artistic research stems from his personal confrontation with the past of his family who were murdered in the Holocaust.