Born in 1974 in Netanya, Israel, Shochat is a photographer and video artist, currently living and working in Tel Aviv.
Tal Shochat’s distinct photographic style is highly theatrical and meticulous. She mounts her photos with a great deal of precision, rich, vibrant colors, drama, and reserved elegance, while disclosing her intimate inner self.
In her work, Shochat deals with questions of identity, femininity, racism, home, family, community and the environment. Her dramatic photographs are composed of symbolic and contradictory figures and objects that challenge and undermine the distinction between the natural and the artificial, the real and the imaginary. By mixing different ambiences and isolating them from time and geography, Shochat is constantly operating on the border between the personal and the collective.
Shochat’s artworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Other venues to exhibit her work include The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, and The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.
In 2005 she received the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture Prize For a Young Artist.