A photographer, Vardi Kahana 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.