|Ilana Salama Ortar|
|Born 1949, Alexandria, Egypt. She is an interdisciplinary visual artist. She lives and works in Tel Aviv, Berlin, and London. Her work focuses on issues of migration, uprooting, exile and architecture of emergency.
Her family is an offspring of Spain’s expelled Jews, wandered across Europe before they reached Hebron. In the mid-19th century, as the economic situation in Palestine was bleak, they re-settled in Alexandria. Forced to leave Egypt with a one-way pass in 1952, Ilana Salama Ortar and her parents migrated to Haifa in Israel. They transited via the camp Le Grand Arénas, near Marseilles in France. She studied Art History and French Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated M.A. in 1986.
In 2008, she was awarded a PhD degree with her thesis "Civic Performance Art and Architecture of Emergency” at the University of Roehampton, Surrey, UK.
From 2008 to 2011 she was the Head of Visual Art in the Department of Visual Art, Literature and Music, Academic College, Safed. She was a visiting professor at the École des Beaux Arts de Lyon in 1999-2000, and École des Beaux Arts de Marseille in 2012-2013.