About Yael Bartana
Yael Bartana (1970, Kfar-Yehezkel, Israel) is a video artist who explores the imagery of cultural identity. In her photographs, films and installations Bartana critically investigates her native country's struggle for identity. Her early work documents collective rituals introducing alienation effects such as slow-motion and sound. In her recent work the artist stages situations and introduces fictive moments into real existing narratives.
She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts, New York and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her solo exhibitions include the Moderna Museet in Malmö, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, PS1 in New York, the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. She participated in the Sao Paolo Biennial (2010 and 2006), Documenta 12 in Kassel and the Istanbul Biennial.
Among other prizes, Yael Bartana was awarded the prestigious Artes Mundi 4 in 2010. Her work has been included in numerous public collections, amongst others at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Tate Modern in London and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
In 2011, Yael Bartana is representing Poland for the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale.
Image in project strip:
and Europe will be stunned, 2010
Neon light tubes, 220 cm x 250 cm
Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam