Shiry AVNY is an urban artist, Franco-Israeli plastic artist,
I cut my works and stick them in the urban space.
I write and engrave in pieces of wood gleaned from the street.
I cut stencils with which I print images that repeat endlessly.
My inspiration comes from women who are part of my life, my Senegalese mother-in-law and my Malian sister-in-law or strangers randomly encountered in transport, on the street.
I ask them to pose for me. I take a picture of them or they come to pose in my workshop.
I draw portraits of women, mothers, migrants, courageous…
Often they walk, or are simply standing, proud, their child on their backs, and looking towards the future.
I install female human figures in the street.
I offer passers-by a hug, a reward, a benevolent sign, while giving space to these everyday heroines.
Their enhanced image reveals beauty and, in the exchange of looks, challenges passersby.