Yael Bartana

Born 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel | Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Tel Aviv, Israel

Yael Bartana, installation view of Summer Camp, 2007, video and sound installation, 12:00 min.; Image courtesy of the artist; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; and Petzel Gallery, New York. Supported by Artis and The George Foundation © Carnegie Museum of Art


Yael Bartana creates videos and installations that critically examine the social, political, and sometimes militaristic rituals of her native Israel as well as cycles of expulsion and return in a broader historical context. She uses the language of documentary and propaganda films to investigate issues of identity and belonging, occupation and dispossession. Bartana studied in Jerusalem at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and in New York at the School of Visual Arts. In 2009, Bartana had a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York. She has participated twice in the São Paulo Biennial (2010 and 2006), exhibited in Documenta 12 (2007), and represented Poland in the 54th Venice Biennial (2011). She was awarded the prestigious Artes Mundi 4 prize in 2010.

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