Yasmine Omari is a (Haifa born) Palestinian-American photographer/cinematographer, arts administrator, community organizer, curator and panelist on topics of arts and culture, collaborating with institutions such as Tennessee Arts Commission, GPAC, Young Arts Patrons, Indie Memphis, Crosstown Arts, Germantown International Festival, New Memphis Institute and more. Currently based in Haifa and working on creative projects in photography, film and puppet theatre.
I am searching for the peaceful quiet amid the chaos, moments of harmony creating visual poetry. The works should be viewed as one watches the stars and the sea... an invitation for contemplation... somewhere between the two worlds of photojournalist and fine art photography.
Yasmine Omari is devoted to serving the community through cultural arts, educational programs and mentoring, and is very involved in promoting, creating and volunteering in events featuring arts and culture. While working at the Germantown Performing Arts Center for 5 years (GPAC) as the Marketing & Education Outreach Coordinator she developed a program with the Programming Manager that focuses on early learning of music and the arts for children in underserved schools. Yasmine was one of the main organizers and creators of the Memphis Palestine Festival (2016, 2017). Her duties included planning, fundraising, promoting, all digital and print content, hosting and managing the festival. She volunteers with Germantown International Festival, New Memphis Institute, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Arts Memphis and much more. Yasmine is the founder and director of International Memphis which serves to activate and connect international in Memphis and to promote cultural events going on in the city. She also served on the Arts and Immigration Panel discussion for Crosstown Arts and Indie Memphis. Yasmine served as a panelist for the Arts Education Community Learning Grant and the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program for the Tennessee Arts Commission. This involves reviewing grants and helping decide which non-profits/individuals from the state of Tennessee will receive funding. She currently serves on the board for the Young Arts Patrons. In 2018, Yasmine was awarded a scholarship from the Kresge Foundation to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar for Young Cultural Innovators. It is an annual series of Salzburg Global Seminar that brings together fifty of the world's most talented young innovators from the culture and arts sector at Schloss Leopoldskron to help them develop the dynamic vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to allow them, their organizations, their causes and their communities to thrive in new ways.
Photo by Andrea Morales Photo by Ziggy Tucker
Photography and Artist Work
Photography and interview published in Professionele Fotografie (Dutch photography magazine) | April 2019
Photographer and volunteer at the Haifa Independent Film Festival | March 2019
Cinematographer for Indigenous Sessions music video featuring Shaden Nahra in Haifa | January 2019
Album art for Arkansas-based musician Amos Cochran in “Helium Angels” | December 2018
Presented artist work in ”Studio Talks” in Tbilisi, Georgia | November 2018
Started on-going photography portrait project “Better Tomorrow - Palestinians in the Diaspora” | July 2018
Photography from “Bladi” project on display at Global Cafe in Memphis, TN | July 2018 - present
Resident Photographer for the Germantown Performing Arts Center | September 2013 - June 2018
Featured photographer and collaborator for “48 Stories” by Paradox and Noor | May 2018
Solo exhibition at St. Jude - ALSAC for Arab American Month | April 2018
Organized, curated and exhibited in group photography exhibition “Temporal Narratives” | January 2018
Exhibited in group artist exhibition “Response II” | December 2017
Videography contributor to the Crosstown Arts/Crosstown Development Documentary | September 2017
United Way of the Midsouth "Photomentary" Project | August 2017
Crosstown Arts “Another Life” – Group Photography Exhibition | October 2015
Finalist for ArtsAccelerator - Arts Memphis Individual Artist Grant | October 2014
Exhibited and ran workshop at Annual “Fest of All” with Graffiti Light Project in Fayetteville, AR | September 2012
Published Finalist in 31st Annual Student Photography Contest for Photographer’s Forum Magazine | August 2011
Featured Emerging Artist in Art Amiss 14 visuals exhibition in Fayetteville, AR | August 2011
Exhibited in SPE (Society for Photographic Education) SC Regional Conference | October 2010
Haiti Relief Art Auction at Speakeasy in Fayetteville, AR | January 2010
Over 70 photos published in award-wining University of Arkansas Yearbook | August 2007 - December 2010
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