Smadar Dreyfus was born in 1963 in Israel, she currently lives in London since 1990. Dreyfus holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art, followed by postgraduate studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL.
Smadar Dreyfus is interested in how meaning is both created and reconstructed at the intersection of the aural and the visual. In several of her works she has separated image and sound to present different perspectives on the same scene. Dreyfus investigates the voice as it embodies social relations and mediates between the individual and the collective. Often, she uses real-life recorded material, but decisively eschews any documentary conventions.
A selection of Dreyfus solo exhibitions include Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden (2009); Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerpen (2008). Group exhibitions include the Busan Biennale, South Korea (2018); CaixaForum Barcelona, Spain (2018); Berlin Documentary Forum 3, Germany (2014).