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Meet The Director Of Zadik Gallery In Jaffa, Hana Coman
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Meet The Director Of Zadik Gallery In Jaffa, Hana Coman

Picture of Ruthie Berber
Updated: 10 December 2015
Tucked away in the picturesque alleyways of Jaffa you will find a small gallery, Zadik, conceived by art-lover and Tel Avivian local, Hana Coman. Conceptually, the gallery hopes to feature Israeli artists and sell art work for affordable prices. Set in the original architecture, the gallery is a home to lectures, live music, parties and ever-changing exhibits.
Hana Coman
Hana Coman in the Gallery | Courtesy Zadik Art

TCT: What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the gallery business? What’s next?

The gallery is not a business in the regular meaning because usually “making money” is a motivation of having a business: there is no money in this business!

I see the gallery as a huge platform to say something about the world; to write history while it’s happening, to influence, to educate, to be in touch with people in every level, to do what i want in my way! freedom is for me the most important thing. And for others it is a huge $1m Mercedes Benz… Not for me.

Michal Gavish
Nano-Portraiture by Michal Gavish, showing November 2015 | Courtesy Zadik

Art is everything that I mentioned: you need to look, to observe, to learn, to understand, to communicate, to make a change. I hope that in the future, I will touch more people to join me in this path.

TCT: What is your dream project?

My dream project is peace in the Middle East! but… at least in Yaffo, where the gallery is located, working towards stable coexistence. I hope to produce a huge exhibit in the streets of Yaffo, including music, short films, poets in every corner reading their poetry in both Arabic and Hebrew, dancing and street shows; to express a small parallel existence to our life here through art.

Asaf Avidan performing at Zadik Gallery
Asaf Avidan performing at Zadik Gallery | Courtesy Zadik Art

TCT: What advice would you give your younger self?

I am very happy with my younger self: she was brave, smart, beautiful and she knew what to choose. I would say to her, “keep going Hankale”.

TCT: What is an artwork you would like to have hanging in your living room?

Today its everything and anything by Albrecht Durer, tomorrow I would say something else probably.

Zadik Art Yaffo
Zadik Art Gallery In Yaffo | Courtesy Zadik

TCT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, Who would it be?

With my dear late father Shlomo, who inspired me, encouraged me, trusted me and still has my back every time I need courage. That would be a hell of a dinner, with a lot of laughs.

TCT: What is your favorite museum or gallery?

The Frick Collection in New York.

TCT: How would you describe Zadik Gallery in 80 characters or less?

“Zadik Gallery, The People’s Gallery of Jaffa”

Dede and Latzi Art at Zadik
Dede and Latzi Art at Zadik © Victor Bezrukov

Whiskey or Gin? Gin

Kandinsky or Matisse? Kandinsky

Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald? Billie Holiday

Turkish coffee or espresso? Espresso in the morning, Turkish in the afternoon

New York or London? NY at the 80’s, London at present

David Grossman or Etgar Keret? David Grossman

Zadik Gallery, 16 Shimon HaZadik Street, Tel Aviv, Israel +972 7749 56981


By Ruthie Berber, The Culture Trip’s Tel Aviv Director of Culture. Catch us on our TLV Twitter and Instagram.