Rose Jacqueline, Groys Boris, Ophir Adi et al. (ed.), And Europe Will Be Stunned — The Polish Trilogy, exh. cat., Zache̜ta National Gallery Warszawa; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Ikon gallery, Birmingham, (2011-2012), London, Artangel, 2011→
Yael Bartana: and Europe will be stunned, exh. cat., Moderna Museet, Malmö, (22 May – 19 September 2010), Malmö, Moderna Museet, 2010→
Dziewior Yilmaz; Ninio Moshe; Behm Meike et al. (ed.), Yael Bartana, exh. cat., Kunstverein, Hamburg, (9 June – 3 September 2006), Ostfildern, Hatje Cantz, 2008
Project Gallery: Yael Bartana, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 4 December – 18 May 2014→
Yael Bartana – Inferno, Petzel Gallery, New York; Capitain Petzel, Berlin, 8 January – 14 February 2015; 23 January – 28 February 2015→
Yael Bartana and Europe will be stunned, Artangel, Birmingham; Louisiana
Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2009 – 2010
Vidéaste et photographe israélienne.
Yael Bartana studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem followed by the School of Visual Arts in New York. The rituals and perpetual work of collective memory that build a national identity, as well as subjective involvement and individual adhesion to public images are the principal themes of her work. Many people discovered the artist through Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt in 2002, where she presented Trembling Time (2001), a video shot from a highway overpass, showing a civic and military ritual: a moment of silence commemorating the fallen for Soldiers Memorial Day, which paralyzed the dense night traffic of Tel Aviv. At Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, in 2007, her video Summer Camp revealed a new direction in which she mixes the aesthetics of propaganda films from the 1930’s with the various movements that have helped found Israel (European anti-Semitism, colonialism, socialism and Zionism.)
In 2011 her trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, was presented, oddly, at the Polish pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Bartana continues to monitor the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the prism of the complex relationships between European and Polish Jews in the era of globalization. Her videos and photographic work have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Tate Modern in London, Modern Art Oxford, MoMA PS 1 in New York, and the Moderna Museet Malmö among others. In 2010 She was awarded the prestigious English Artes Mundi prize.
Yael Bartana, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, video still, 10’ 27’’, Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Yael Bartana, True Finn – Tosi soumalainen, 2014, video still, 50 min, Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Yael Bartana, Pioneers of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland, 2011, tirage photographique couleur, 80 x 120 cm, Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese