• Yael Bartana, Pioneers of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (2), 2011, Colour photograph on dibond, 120 x 80 cm
  • Yael Bartana, True Finn – Tosi suomalainen, 2014, one channel video and sound installation, 50 min
  • Yael Bartana, True Finn – Tosi suomalainen, 2014, one channel video and sound installation, 50 min
  • Yael Bartana, True Finn – Tosi suomalainen, 2014, one channel video and sound installation, 50 min
  • Yael Bartana, Inferno, 2013, one channel video and sound installation, 22 min
  • Yael Bartana, Inferno, 2013, one channel video and sound installation, 22 min
  • Yael Bartana, Inferno, 2013, one channel video and sound installation, 22 min
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2012
    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
    Photo: Poul Buchard
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2012
    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
    Photo: Poul Buchard
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2012
    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2012
    Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2011
    Polish Pavilion, Venice Biennale
    Photo: Ilya Rabinovich
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2011
    Polish Pavilion, Venice Biennale
    Photo: Ilya Rabinovich
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Zamach (assassination), 2011, one channel video and sound installation, 35 min
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Zamach (assassination), 2011, one channel video and sound installation, 35 min
  • Yael Bartana, Entartete Kunst Lebt, 2010, Animation, one channel video and sound installation, 5 min
  • Yael Bartana, Entartete Kunst Lebt, 2010, Animation, one channel video and sound installation, 5 min
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mur i wieza (Wall and Tower), 2009, One channel video and sound installation, 15 min
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mur i wieza (Wall and Tower), 2009, One channel video and sound installation, 15 min
  • Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mur i wieza (Wall and Tower), 2009, One channel video and sound installation, 15 min
  • Yael Barta, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, one channel video and sound installation, 11 min
  • Yael Barta, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, one channel video and sound installation, 11 min
  • Yael Barta, And Europe Will Be Stunned / Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, one channel video and sound installation, 11 min
  • Yael Bartana, Summer Camp, 2007
    Neue Galerie, Documenta 12, Kassel
  • Yael Bartana, Summer Camp / Awodah, 2007, Two Channel video and sound installation, 12 min
  • Yael Bartana, Summer Camp / Awodah, 2007, Two Channel video and sound installation, 12 min
  • Yael Bartana, Summer Camp / Awodah, 2007, Two Channel video and sound installation, 12 min

Throughout her artistic practice, Yael Bartana has dealt with the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. With her point of departure being the national consciousness propagated by her native Israel, Bartana has become fascinated by the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that exist to reaffirm collective identities across different nation states. Her recent work Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies! which took the form of a military funeral throughout the streets of the birthplace of American democracy represents one of many examples of such fascination.

 

Constantly seeking to create alternative fictional realities in commentary to existing narratives, Yael Bartana has been known for staging situations and introducing fictive moments in her works. Her film Inferno for example takes Solomon’s Temple in São Paolo as a starting point; she imagines its inauguration, its destruction and the subsequent worship of its debris in a critique of the rising influence of evangelical churches in Brazil. Similarly, in What If Women Ruled the World, Bartana imagines a hypothetical union of female governors and experts on a mission to avert impending disaster.

 

Through primarily dealing with film and collective performance, in recent years the artist has been experimenting with different mediums and expanding her body of work with sculptures and prints.

 

Bartana was nominated to represent Poland at the 54th Venice Biennial (2011) with her acclaimed trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned. Her works have been shown across a number of important institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2018); the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2017); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); the Secession, Vienna (2012); and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2012). In 2020, Yael Bartana will hold a solo show at the Jewish Museum Berlin with a new commissioned work for the museum, The Redemption.

 

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