Thai x Israeli: LIFE UNDER COVID Israeli Artists

An exhibition of illustration and comic works of artists from different cultures who face the same panic, mislaying, survival, and hope during COVID-19 pandemic.

By Thailand Creative & Design Center

Thai x Israeli (2020-10-21) by TCDCThailand Creative & Design Center

Welcome to the first collaborative online exhibition between Thai and Israeli.

Join us in a fascinating creative journey of different artistic perspectives over Covid-19, made by prominent comics artists from Thailand and Israel. Thai x Israeli Online Comics Exhibition is a new, unique artistic cooperation, which portrays different stories, emotions, and circumstances that each artist experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is utterly exciting to see how the same crisis placed distinct effects on the diverse viewpoints of Thais and Israelis.

For over six decades, diplomatic ties between Thailand and Israel have flourished and expanded to a broad range of areas. Arts and culture is no doubt one of the major aspects in which the two countries have actively been working closely together, and a number of Israeli artists have joined hands with Thai organizations and institutes such as universities, galleries and museums, to exchange creative practices and exhibit their works.

Israel is known all over the world as the ‘Startup Nation’ for its advancement in the fields of technology and innovation. Still, behind all greatest success, it is the ‘creativity’ of individuals that fuels inspiration, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and ideas. We do hope that this creative journey into the minds and emotions of Thai and Israeli artists, will bring to your screens, a fresh taste of creativity.

Enjoy!

Israeli artists (2020-10-21) by TCDCThailand Creative & Design Center

12 Israeli Artists

12 Israeli and 12 Thai artists have each sketched in their own style the impact of the terrible virus on their and our daily lives. Their drawings are available in English and Thai.Ilana Zeffren’s cats comment on reality as they see it, Michel Kichka tenderly and humorously depicts his father who recently passed away from the virus, Ilanit Shamia reviews urban fashion during the corona days in Tel Aviv, the virus becomes an untamable rodeo-beast through the pencil of Shay Charka, Maya Prat involves the public and draws the funniest stories that were told to her – and many more!

Israeli comics artist: Guy Morad-01 (2020-09-11) by Guy MoradThailand Creative & Design Center

Guy Morad

Guy Morad Born in Israel in 1975, Guy Morad is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He is a member of the Israeli comics collective “Dimona,” which is based in Tel Aviv and has produced three anthologies together. Guy’s work is featured regularly in Israeli newspapers and media.

Israeli comics artist: Guy Morad-02 (2020-09-11) by Guy MoradThailand Creative & Design Center

Guy Morad

Israeli comics artist: Guy Morad-03 (2020-09-11) by Guy MoradThailand Creative & Design Center

Guy Morad

Israeli comics artist: Guy Morad-05 (2020-09-11) by Guy MoradThailand Creative & Design Center

Guy Morad

Israeli comics artist: Guy Morad-04 (2020-09-11) by Guy MoradThailand Creative & Design Center

Guy Morad

Israeli comics artist: Ilana Zeffren-01 (2020-09-11) by Ilana ZeffrenThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilana Zeffren

Ilana Zeffren is an Israeli comics artist living in Tel Aviv. For the past several years her cartoon column, ‘Petting Corner’, has been published weekly in “Haaretz” newspaper, and stars her two cats. In 2005 she published “Pink Story” – a graphic novel telling the story of the gay and lesbian community in Israel through the events of her own life-story. Since then she has published comics strips and stories in newspapers, magazines and literature anthologies and has participated in international and Israeli comics group exhibitions. Between 2006 and 2013, she wrote and drew “Rishumon”, a personal column in comics for “City Mouse”, a local entertainment magazine, and She has also illustrated three children’s books. Collections of her work have been published in book form in 2014, 2015 and 2017. 

Israeli comics artist: Ilana Zeffren03 (2020-09-11) by Ilana ZeffrenThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilana Zeffren

Israeli comics artist: Ilana Zeffren-02 (2020-09-11) by Ilana ZeffrenThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilana Zeffren

Israeli comics artist: Ilana Zeffren-04 (2020-09-11) by Ilana ZeffrenThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilana Zeffren

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-01 (2020-09-11) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Ilanit Shamia is a Tel Aviv based artist. She graduated with a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Her creative work journeys between photography and illustration, fashion, and journalism. Some of her artwork is a part of the Haaretz – Amos Schoken Art Collection. 

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-02 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-03 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-04 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-05 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-06 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Ilanit Shamia-07 (2020-09-18) by Ilanit ShamiaThailand Creative & Design Center

Ilanit Shamia

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-01 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Maya Prat, 26 years old, is a member of "Cultural Movement" - a social movement of artists in Israel. She is involved in community and participatory art, and in expanding art audiences in the north of Israel. She lives in the most northern coastal city in Israel, called Nahariya, a relatively small city of 60,000 inhabitants. When the pandemic started, she drew a little comic of herself at home and posted it on a Facebook group of the city residents, and decoded to launch a new project and ask people to share the weirdest moment they've had since the pandemic started: 

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-02 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

She received lots of reactions about human moments, which she has started to paint. Behind every work there is a story, there is a person who is exposed. For example, a well-known and beloved dance teacher who sent the following text: "To teach a dance class when I dance to myself in the studio and all of my students dance at home and see me in the Zoom app. I saw them in small cubes on my computer screen. The feeling was so complex. On the one hand, it was a joy to see them manage to perform the exercises at home, on the other hand, a huge feeling of loneliness in the studio. I will tell you in secret that a small tear flowed down my cheek and there was a feeling of suffocation in my throat."

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-06 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

“The weirdest moment was when we missed my parents, and me and my two children went to see them. We stayed downstairs and they were at home, and we spoke out of the window… without a hug, without a kiss, even without approaching…” And so on. 

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-04 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Sometimes people attached a picture and I referred to it in the design of the characters, and sometimes there were no pictures and I invented the characters from scratch. But all the moments and stories came from real people. Addressing these moments helped to begin to better understand this period and life within it, the new activism which is required in order to implement basic things, the challenge of finding a solution to a lack of a face-to-face meeting, the dangers but also some of the possibilities.

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-03 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

And, “instead of going to a wedding which was cancelled, we raised a toast by Zoom”

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-05 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-08 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-07 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-09 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-10 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Maya Prat-11 (2020-09-18) by Maya PratThailand Creative & Design Center

Maya Prat

Israeli comics artist: Michel Kichka (2020-09-30) by Michel KichkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Michel Kichka

Michel Kichka is an Israeli cartoonist and illustrator of Belgian origin. Kichka produces comics in French and Hebrew for various media outlets and is also the auteur of several books. He is one of Israel’s leading comic book artists and political cartoonists and has won the prestigious Israeli “Dosh Cartoonist Award”. He teaches the next generations of comic artists at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design where he was once himself a student. 

Israeli comics artist: Michel Kichka02 (2020-09-30) by Michel KichkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Michel Kichka

Israeli comics artist: Michel Kichka03 (2020-09-30) by Michel KichkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Michel Kichka

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany01 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

Nadav Nachmany

Nadav Nachmany is an Israeli illustrator and animator, graduate of the Bezalel Academy for fine arts and design major in animation. Nadav is creating a daily webcomic inspired by his personal life that has gained much popularity in social media. 

Nadav Nachmani creates comics inspired by events that take place in his real life. When the Corona issue started making headlines, like many, he did not understand the magnitude of the pandemic.

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany02 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

At first, it seemed like it only happened in China.

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany03 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

Once the Corona arrived in Israel and everyone went into quarantine, Nadav decided that he was going to create a comic on the subject.

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany04 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

In order to encourage more people who are experiencing difficulties, he tried to help them laugh at the situation instead of experiencing it as discouraging and anxious.

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany05 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Nadav Nachmany06 (2020-09-30) by Nadav NachmanyThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Rachel Shalev01 (2020-09-30) by Rachel ShalevThailand Creative & Design Center

Rachel Shalev

Rachel Shalev, born in Israel, 1981, graduated by Bezalel Academy in 2005. Since then she’s been working as a freelance illustrator of children’s books, editorial illustration, advertising, branding and different art and pro bono projects around the world. Lives in Pardes Hanna with her husband Boaz and her children Michael, Geva, Hillel and Rama.  

Israeli comics artist: Rachel Shalev02 (2020-09-30) by Rachel ShalevThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Roni Nova01 (2020-09-30) by Roni NovaThailand Creative & Design Center

Roni Nova

Roni Nova is a 24 years old illustrator and comics artist. Roni is currently studying visual communication in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. 

Israeli comics artist: Roni Nova03 (2020-09-30) by Roni NovaThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Roni Nova02 (2020-09-30) by Roni NovaThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman01 (2020-09-30) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Sasha Zilberman

Sasha Zilberman is a Russian-born designer and illustrator based in Tel Aviv. She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Jerusalem in 2016. Currently Sasha is spending most of her time at home and in her head. 

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman02 (2020-09-30) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman03 (2020-09-30) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman04 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman05 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman06 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman07 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman08 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman09 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman10 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman11 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman12 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman13 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman14, Sasha Zilberman, 2020-10-01, From the collection of: Thailand Creative & Design Center
Show lessRead more

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman15 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman16 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman17 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman18 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman19 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman20 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Sasha Zilberman21 (2020-10-01) by Sasha ZilbermanThailand Creative & Design Center

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka01 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Shay Charka Illustrated dozens of books by various writers, including the late Uri Orbach, Shlomo Abas, Galila Ron-Feder and more. He is regularly publishing cartoons in the newspaper “Makor Rishon”. In the past, he was published in “Yediot Aharonot”, “Maariv” and in other Israeli newspapers. His cartoons are cited in international websites, TV shows and exhibitions abroad. To this day, he has published eighteen comic books and graphic novels, among them, the series “Baba”, “Beyond the Line” (both published by Modan), “Shay and Agnon” (published by Schocken) and more. Two of his books have been translated into English. He is also the creator of many poppets that appeared in different Israeli TV channels. He is frequently lecturing about his works and the language of painting. 

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka02 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka03 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka04 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka05 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka06 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka07 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shay Charka08 (2020-10-05) by Shay CharkaThailand Creative & Design Center

Shay Charka

Israeli comics artist: Shulamit Ferber01 (2020-10-05) by Shulamit FerberThailand Creative & Design Center

Shulamit Ferber

Shulamit Farber, a 30-year-old from Tel Aviv, is an illustrator, programmer, and activist on feminism. In Tel Aviv you can really feel the Coronavirus because it is a crowded city with lots of bars and parties. Suddenly, everything was deserted and cops came out on the streets. 

Israeli comics artist: Shulamit Ferber02 (2020-10-05) by Shulamit FerberThailand Creative & Design Center

The comics acts as a distraction and it reminds her that there are more things in the world. She hopes that it will also give a few seconds of escapism to the audience.

Israeli comics artist: Tamar Moshkovitz01 (2020-10-05) by Tamar MoshkovitzThailand Creative & Design Center

Tamar Moshkovitz

Tamar Moshkovitz, Born in Haifa – Israel as the lovely baby girl named Tamar Moshkovitz. Has been drawing since the moment she could hold a pen. Graduated the Visual communication department at Wizo College of design – Haifa in 2003. Currently based in Berlin and also active in Tel Aviv. Works as a freelance designer, illustrator and animator using a variety of methods and techniques. She has been teaching throughout the years illustration and design in various colleges in Israel and Berlin since 2007. Adores toys, animation films, gelatin food, cats and everything silly. 

Israeli comics artist: Tamar Moshkovitz02 (2020-10-05) by Tamar MoshkovitzThailand Creative & Design Center

Tamar Moshkovitz

12 Thai artists (2020-10-21) by TCDCThailand Creative & Design Center

Credits: Story

The Israel Embassy and Thailand Creative & Design Center appreciate and thank the artists and the organization who contributed to this exhibition. The display comprised 116 works in illustration and comic arts from 24 renowned Israeli and Thai artists.


For more information:

12 Israeli Artists
Guy Morad
www.instagram.com/moradguy
Ilana Zeffren
Thai x Israeli: LIFE UNDER COVID Part II (EN)
ilanitshamia.com
Michel Kichka
fr.kichka.com
Nadav Nachmany
www.imaj.be/nadav-nachmany
Rachel Shalev
rplaut.carbonmade.com
Roni Nova
www.instagram.com/roninova
Sasha Zilberman
www.instagram.com/zilbersash
Shay Charka
shaycharka.blogspot.com
Shulamit Farber
www.whyruin.com/en
Tamar Moshkovitz
www.etsy.com/shop/gotamshop

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Explore more
Related theme
A Brief History of Vaccination
Centuries of life-saving science summed up
View theme
Google apps