Moran Been-noon is an Israeli, Irish-based visual artist and independent curator. She predominantly makes moving image installations using animation, archived material, and non-traditional projections. Her work explores post-migration living and, using her own identity and lived experience, how compound ethnicities influence one's sense of belonging. The work incorporates studies of the body's engagement with ideas of place, culture, and society. She is interested in the relationship between folkloric places (real or imagined) and the self (foreign or local), and in the development of migration as a narrative of “potential fiction”, based on long-term migration’s perception as a constant state of loss.

As a curator she is primarily interested in feminist artwork created on the spectrum between contemporary visual art practice and traditionally-feminine creative crafts, exploring the links between feminist ideas and the perception of land. She tends to work with artists whose work exceeds the traditional practice of their field and lean towards the experimental, with an emphasis on moving image, live performance, and three-dimensional installations with tactile aspects. She primarily curates group projects, prominently (but not exclusively) working with women and gender minority artists.

Moran is also a co-initiator of, an Ireland-wide network which amplifies the voices of artists based on the island of Ireland who self-identify as women or minority genders, from underrepresented cultural or ethnic backgrounds. She recently also started working with Safe To Create, aiming to promote dignity at work in the arts and improve visual art work environments in Ireland.

She has curated projects in gallery spaces and off-site for independent galleries throughout the island of Ireland. In 2023, Moran curated a group exhibition for the Irish Arts Center in NYC. Alongside her independent curatorial practice, she completed a 2-year curatorial residency with glór in Ennis, County Clare in 2022. She is also responsible for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Lexicon gallery's engagement programme for 2022-2024. Moran produced and led creatively Platform Art Belfast’s in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm in 2016, and a pop-up gallery in Electric Picnic Festival 2009. Her writing has featured in such publications as Circa Magazine, The Sunday Times Ireland, and Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet. She is an active participant in the Irish arts community, and worked in the past as a co-director at Platform Arts Belfast and Basic Space Dublin.

With a new branch of subject matter, Moran was artist in residence at Iatrus residency in Bulgaria in March 2024. During 2023, her residency at SÍM Artist Residency in Iceland was supported by the Goethe Institute. In 2022, Moran was awarded an artist residency at Axis, Ballymun in Dublin, which includes creating community engagements that link with her practice focus. She was awarded the Arts Council Ireland Bursary Award in 2021, and the Agility Award in 2022 and 2023.

In 2021 she exhibited two projects in Dublin: How To Belong at The Library Project; and Foreignments, exhibited digitally at The LAB. Her solo exhibition Here Nor There, supported by the Arts Council Ireland, exhibited at South Tipperary Arts Centre in 2023, and at Axis in 2024.

Photo by Gwen Walker