Ariel Hacohen experiments with a variety of photographic approaches, including snapshot and staged photography, image appropriation, video-art and digital image-manipulation. In addition, he sculptures in various materials using 3D modeling and casting techniques.
In his photography, Ariel addresses desire, vulnerability and aggression – emotions that, in his view, are inherent to the act of seeing. Throughout his work he also looks at, and draws upon, imagery from the worlds of archeology and mythology, in order to examine the role of visual material as a narrative tool.
Ariel has participated in numerous group exhibitions in museums and galleries across Israel, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2020); the International Photography Festival, Tel Aviv (2019); the Hecht Museum, Haifa (2019); the HaCubia Gallery, Jerusalem (2019); the Beit HaGefen Gallery, Haifa (2016); and more.
During his photography studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem (2015-2019) he was awarded several academic prizes: the Lauren & Mitchell Presser Award for Excellence in Photography (2020); the Yossi Breger Award for Excellence in Photography (2019); the Excellence Award of the Visual and Material Culture Department (2019); and the Bezalel Excellence Award (2018). In 2017, he was selected to participate in a student exchange program at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA).
In 2019, Ariel was awarded the Hecht Prize for Young Artists in the field of fine arts, and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) Scholarship for excellence in photography. In January 2020, he joined the Art Cube Artists' Studios residency program in Talpiot, Jerusalem.