Known for Video art
|Name Yael Bartana|
Movement Israeli art
|Born 1970Kfar Yehezkel, Israel|
Movies Nightmares, Zamach, Wall and Tower, Inferno
Books Wherever I Am: Yael Bartana, Emily Jacir, Lee Miller, Anxious. Five Artists Under the Pressure of War
Education Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, School of Visual Arts
Similar Sławomir Sierakowski, Akram Zaatari, Ahlam Shibli
Dor guez discusses his exhibition with artist yael bartana
Yael Bartana (Hebrew: יעל ברתנא; born 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) is an Israeli artist working in film, installation and photography. Her work investigates "the imagery of identity and the politics of memory." She is perhaps best known for the film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale and explores notions of identity and nationalism inherent to the right of return. She is based in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Tel Aviv.
- Dor guez discusses his exhibition with artist yael bartana
- Yael bartana conversations with contemporary artists at the guggenheim
- Awards and Prizes
Yael bartana conversations with contemporary artists at the guggenheim
Bartana received a BFA in photography from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy, Jerusalem, a MFA in 1999 from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beelden de Kunsten in Amsterdam for two years, ending in 2001.
Yael Bartana’s films, film installations and photographs challenge the national consciousness that is propagated by her native country of Israel. Bartana focuses her work on the implied meanings of terms related to "homeland", "return", and "belonging".
Bartana's platform for investigation includes ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of countries. Working outside the country, she observes it from a critical distance. Her early films were primarily registrations in which aesthetic interventions, including soundtracks, slowing the image and specific camera perspectives, played a role. The Israeli artist first became interested in exploring the nation of Poland four years ago, when she began her trilogy of films And Europe Will Be Stunned, which examines 19th and 20th-century Europe as a historic homeland for Ashkenazi Jews. In recent years, she has increasingly staged her films, and proposed utopic narratives for new chapters of history.
Yael Bartana has had several solo exhibitions held at various venues including: the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, MoMA PS1 in New York City, and Moderna Museet Malmö. She participated in Documenta 12 in Kassel in 2007, in the São Paulo Art Biennial 2010 and won the Artes Mundi Prize in 2010. Yael Bartana was Poland's choice for the 2011 Venice Biennale where she was the first non-Polish citizen to represent Poland. In 2013 her film And Europe Will Be Stunned was acquired in the permanent collection by the Solomon R. Guggenhein Foundation and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Bartana's photography, film, and sound works investigate questions surrounding society, spirituality, and politics.
Awards and Prizes
She has been nominated for and given many awards - most recently she was awarded the prestigious Artes Mundi Prize - one of the UK's major art prizes.