b.h. Yael is a Toronto based artist, working in documentary and experimental media and installation. Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings and venues: from festivals, universities and galleries to community and activist groups. Yael’s videos have been purchased by many universities and she is a recipient of numerous arts grants including the Chalmers Fellowship award.
Yael's work has dealt with the many intersections of identity (Fresh Blood); it has focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel (Palestine Trilogy, In the Middle of the Street); and more recently addressed apocalypse and environmental issues (Trading the Future, winner of ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms festival in Rhodes, Greece.) Yael is currently working on a Canada Council funded video project, Lessons for Polygamists, which incorporates personal narrative and animation into a collage aesthetic. Yael has been a member of a number of artist collectives including Spontaneous Combustion (exhibiting installation works) and Hardpressed (The Olive Project, a web based curatorial project.)
Yael has served on the boards of Images Film Festival and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Wychwood Open Door, a community drop-in for homeless and socially isolated individuals. She has served on numerous juries and awards committees from film & media festivals to all three levels of public arts funding.
Past Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Art, and past Chair of Integrated Media, Yael is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and current Chair of Senate. Yael also co-programs and coordinates the Art Creates Change lecture series and teaches in the Art & Social Change minor.