VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Yael Bartana

In her films, installations and photographs, Yael Bartana, born in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, in 1970, now living in Berlin, explores the imagery of identity and the politics of memory.

Using the national consciousness propagated by her native country Isreal, meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging” are central to her work. Bartana investigates these concepts through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state.

Between 2006 and 2011, she worked in Poland, creating the trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity. The trilogy represented Poland at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice (2011).

In 2012, as part of the Berlin Biennale, her first theatrical project was presented at HAU: Over three days, members of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP) initiated by her, met international speakers and discussed their utopian visions for the EU, Poland and Israel.

In recent years Bartana has been experimenting and expanding her work within the cinematic world, creating projects such as Inferno (2013), a “pre re-enactment” of the destruction of the Third Temple, and Pardes (2015), shot during a spiritual journey in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil. Her latest work, Tashlikh (cast off) is a visual performance that gathers personal objects linked to horrors of the past and the present.

Her work is exhibited internationally, including at: Secession, Vienna; Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden; P.S.1., New York; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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