Dr. Sigal Barkai is the head of Visual Literacy – Arts Education Graduate Program M.Ed, at the Faculty of Arts, Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
She is a researcher and curator of contemporary Israeli art. In her past she was a curator at the Petach-Tikva Museum of Art (2005-2009) and since then she worked as an independent curator in various venues such as the Eretz Israel museum and Haifa Museum of Art. She published numerous papers and articles about Israeli visual arts from a feminist and sociopolitical point of view, including the chapter: “Between the Joy of the Woman Castrator and the Silence of the Woman Victim: Following the Exhibition The uncanny XX, in: Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture: The Phallic Eye. Editors: Padva, G., Buchweitz, N., Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Her PhD dissertation, named: “A Stage for Masculinities: Representations of Israeli soldiers in the theatre” was submitted to the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University, 2012. Since 2011 she is the national supervisor of art education in the Israeli ministry of education.