A photographer, Kahanais is a graduate of the Art College at Ramat Hasharon.
She began her career in the 1980 as a news and magazine photographer for Israel's foremost news publications, and, since the mid-1990s, has been working for Yedioth Ahronot.
Along with her journalistic work, Kahana, has over the years, shown personal photographic projects in galleries and museums in Israel and abroad.
In 2001, her show documenting the final years of her friend, Gili Patir, who died of cancer, was exhibited at the Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan. In 2007 she published Israeli Portrait, a collection of portraits she had taken for magazines . The book's publication was accompanied by an exhibition at the Artist House in Tel Aviv. In the summer of 2007, she showed One Family at the Tel Aviv Museum. The show , which is also accompanied by a book, is currently on tour in the US and Europe.
In One Family, Kahana has been documenting four generations of her family, including cousins and their grandchildren. The project has taken her across ideological and emotional borders throughout Israel, and as far a field as Copenhagen. She has traveled from settlements south of Hebron to Savyon east of Tel Aviv, from the orthodox religious neighborhood of Bnei Brarak to left-wing kibbutzim. The result provides a kaleidoscopic answer to the question of Jewish-Israeli identity. This is one family's story; Kahana suggests it holds within it the entire Jewish-Israeli narrative.
One Family - A 15 years documentary presenting a crosscut of the multi-faceted Israeli society : left and right, ultra-orthodox and total atheists; kibbutz builders and settlers in the west bank. farmers and businessmen, rich and poor, east and west. All these in one family. This family is mine, but more than that, this family is Israel.
Israeli Portrait - From Mili Avital to Avraham Burg, from Muhammad Bakri to Shlomo Ben Ami, from Batia Gur to Amos Oz, from Yitzhak Rabin to Ehud Barak: one hundred and fifty artists, singers, actors, politicians, writers, athletes, figures that are an integral part of Israeli life. They all stood in front of Vardi Kahana's camera. A beautiful photography book, putting together many extraordinary portraits, viewed from surprising angles.
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