Yael Bartana, ‘Inferno (production still)’, 2013, Biennale of Sydney

19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, 2014

About Yael Bartana

Yael Bartana takes the position of a critical observer of her native Israel. In complex visualizations that span video, photography, and installation, she often appropriates and manipulates raw documentary materials, preserving modern-day Israeli rituals as if they were the sacred ceremonies of a primordial society. Bartana combines past and present in unexpected ways: she represented Poland at the 2011 Venice Biennale with an installation of three films that followed a current organized movement to repopulate Poland with Jews. The discourse that arises is essentially a retelling of the 20th-century Zionist narrative.

Israeli, b. 1970, Kfar-Yehezkel, Israel, based in Tel-Aviv, Israel; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fair History on Artsy

Annet Gelink Gallery at Art Basel 2015
Annet Gelink Gallery at ARTBO 2014
Annet Gelink Gallery at Frieze London 2014
Sommer Gallery at Frieze NY 2014