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yael bartana

biography

Yael Bartana was born in 1970 in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country, Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging”. Bartana investigates these through ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state.

In her Israeli projects, Bartana dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life. Between 2006 and 2011, she worked in Poland, creating the trilogy ‘And Europe Will Be Stunned’, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity. The trilogy represented Poland at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice (2011).

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Yael Bartana was born in 1970 in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin.

Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country, Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging”. Bartana investigates these through ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state.

In her Israeli projects, Bartana dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life. Between 2006 and 2011, she worked in Poland, creating the trilogy ‘And Europe Will Be Stunned’, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity. The trilogy represented Poland at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice (2011).

In recent years Bartana has been experimenting and expanding her work within the cinematic world, presenting projects such as ‘Inferno’ (2013), a “pre-enactment” of the destruction of the Third Temple, ‘True Finn’ (2014), that came into being within the framework of the IHME Festival in Finland, and ‘Pardes’ (2015) which was shot during a spiritual journey in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Her recent work, ‘Tashlikh (Cast Off)', is a visual performance that gathers personal objects linked to horrors of the past and the present.

Bartana’s work has been shown in numerous leading museums and biennials: Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Modena (2019); Manchester International Festival, Manchester (2017); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018, 2016); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2017); Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2017); The Banff Centre, Alberta (2016); 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo (2014); 19th Biennial of Sydney, PAMM, Sydney (2013); Walker Art Center, Pittsburgh (2013); Carnegie International (2013), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2012); Secession Vienna, Vienna (2012); 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2012); 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011).

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images

Trembling Times, 2017

Neon

177 × 250 cm

Photo: Nora Rupp / Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne

Next Year in New Jerusalem,, 2014

Neon

105,3 × 104,4 cm

Cast Off (1), 2017

Color photograph, fine art print. Canson Platine FibreRag 310 g mounted on Dibond 3mm

75 × 50 cm

Cast Off (3), 2017

Color photograph, fine art print. Canson Platine FibreRag 310 g mounted on Dibond 3mm

75 × 50 cm

Cast Off (5), 2017

Color photograph, fine art print. Canson Platine FibreRag 310 g mounted on Dibond 3mm

75 × 50 cm

Pardes (1), 2015

Black and white photograph

35 × 52,5 cm

Pardes (5), 2015

Black and white photograph

35 × 52,5 cm

Pardes (8), 2015

Black and white photograph

35 × 52,5 cm

Herzl (I–III), 2015

Color photograph, fine art print (paper: Canson Platine FibreRag 310 g)

60 × 40 cm each

The Recorder Player from Sheikh Jarrah, 2011

Black and white photograph

30 × 45 cm

The Recorder Player from Sheikh Jarrah, 2011

Black and white photograph

30 × 45 cm

The Recorder Player from Sheikh Jarrah, 2011

Black and white photograph

30 × 45 cm

The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection (17), 2008

Black and white photograph

40,4 × 50,6 cm

The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection (19), 2008

Black and white photograph

40,4 × 50,6 cm

The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection (20), 2008

Black and white photograph

40,4 × 50,6 cm

Untitled (Andromeda's Rock), 2006-2010

inkjet print on paper

43 × 58 cm

Pardes (Orchard), 2015

video and sound installation

Duration: 71'

Pardes (Orchard), 2015

Video and sound installation

Duration: 71'

True Finn, 2014

One channel video and sound installation

Duration: 50'

True Finn, 2014

One channel video and sound installation

Duration: 50'

The Recorder Player from Sheikh Jarrah, 2010

One channel video and sound installation

Duration: 7'20''

Profile, 2000

One channel video and sound installation, monitor, headphones - video/colour/sound

Duration: 3' loop

public exhibitions

MASP

São Paolo

Feminist Histories: Artists After 2000

23.8 – 17.11.2019

Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia

And Europe Will Be Stunned

21.9.2018 – 1.1.2019

Photo Timothy Tiebout

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia

And Europe Will Be Stunned

21.9.2018 – 1.1.2019

Photo Timothy Tiebout

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia

And Europe Will Be Stunned

21.9.2018 – 1.1.2019

Photo: Timothy Tiebout

Stedelijk Museum

Amsterdam

Freedom of Movement

25.11.2018 – 17.3.2019

Photo: Peter Tijhuis

What if Women Ruled the World?

18.2.2020

Photo: Birgit Kaulfuss

What if Women Ruled the World?

18.2.2020

Photo: Birgit Kaulfuss

What if Women Ruled the World?

18.2.2020

Photo: Birgit Kaulfuss

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

Lausanne

Trembling Times

19.5 – 20.8.2017

Photo: Nora Rupp

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

Lausanne

Trembling Times

19.5 – 20.8.2017

Photo: Nora Rupp

press

Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport that saved thousands of children from the Nazis

Catherine Hickley

The Art Newspaper

February 14, 2020

Yael Bartana

Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Hanna Stamler

Artforum

January 2019

The best art of the 21st century

Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones, Sean O’Hagan and Hettie Judah

The Guardian

September 17, 2019

Yael Bartana

Luigi Fassi

Klat Magazine

June 21, 2013

publications

Yael Bartana

Nicole Schweizer

JRP Editions

Zurich

2017

If you will it, it is not a dream / Wenn ihr wollt, ist es kein Traum

Revolver

Berlin

2013

And Europe Will Be Stunned – The Polish Trilogy

James Lingwood, Eleanor Nairne

Artangel

London

2012

A Cookbook for Political Imagination

Sebastian Cichocki, Galit Eilat

Sternberg Press

Berlin

2011

And Europe Will Be Stunned

Joa Ljungberg, Andreas Nilsson, Magnus Jensner, Joa Ljungberg, Joshua Simon

Revolver Publishing

Berlin

2010

Yael Bartana

Edited by Yilmaz Dziewior

Hatje Cantz

Berlin

2007

Dateline Israel – New Photography and Video Art

Susan Tumarkin Goodman, Andy Grundberg, Nissan N. Perez

Yale University Press

New Haven

2007