Born 1970 in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel
Lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam
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. Though Bartana primarily deals with film and collective performance, in recent years she has been experimenting with different mediums and expanding her body of work with sculptures and prints.
In 2021, Bartana will hold a solo show at the Jewish Museum Berlin with a new commissioned work for the museum, Malka Germania. She will also participate in group shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris all in 2021. Other recent institutional solo exhibitions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018); Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2017); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); Secession, Vienna (2012); and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2012). Bartana was the first non-Polish artist to represent Poland at the 54th Venice Biennale with her acclaimed trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned.