Yael Bartana, 2013
Kfar Yehezkel, Israel
|Training||Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design|
Yael Bartana has had several solo exhibitions at among others Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, PS1 in New York and Moderna Museet Malmö. She participated in Documenta 12 in Kassel in 2007, in the São Paulo Art Biennial 2010 and won the Artes Mundi Prize in 2010. Yael Bartana is Poland's choice for the 2011 Venice Biennale. She is the first non-Polish citizen to represent Poland at the aforementioned event. Her work has been featured at the 2007 Documenta 12 and the 2010 Sao Paulo Biennale. Bartana's photography, film, and sound works investigate questions surrounding society, spirituality, and politics.
Yael Bartana’s films, film installations and photographs, challenges the national consciousness that are propagated by her native country Israel. Questions of "Homeland", "Return" and "Belonging" are the central questions she explores.
Bartana's platform of investigation are ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of countries. Working outside the country, she observes it from a critical distance. Her early films were primarily registrations in which aesthetic interventions, including soundtracks, slowing the image and specific camera perspectives, played a role. The Israeli artist first became interested in exploring the nation of Poland four years ago, when she began her Polish Trilogy, a series of films that examine 19th and 20th-century Europe as a historic homeland for Ashkenazi Jews. In recent years, she has increasingly staged her films, and proposed utopic narratives for new chapters of history.
Bartana has been artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beelden de Kunsten.
- 1992-96 BFA, Photography, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy, Jerusalem
- 1996-99 MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York
- 1999-2001 Rijks Academy, Amsterdam
Awards and Prizes
She has been nominated for and given many awards - most recently she was awarded the prestigious Artes Mundi Prize - one of the UK's major art prizes.
- 1996 Samuel Academy Award for Excellence, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem
- 2003 Kipper Prize for the Young Artist, Wolf Fund
- 2004 Dorothea von Stetten Art Award
- 2005 Dorothea von Stetten-Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn
- 2005 Prix de Rome, 2nd Award Winner, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
- 2006 Prize for a Young Artist, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
- 2007 Nathan Gottsdiner Foundation, The Israeli Art Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art,
- Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2012)
- Media City Seoul 2010, Seoul, Korea (2010)
- Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2010),
- Artes Mundi, Cardiff, Wales (2010),
- Yael Bartana at P.S.1 (2009) 
- Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2008)
- Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008)
- The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2007)
- Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (2006)
- Museum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005)
- Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2004)
- MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2004)
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- "Special Exhibition - Mary Koszmary (Nightmares): A Film by Yael Bartana". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
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- "Yael Bartana: I Didn't Want to Make a Documentary", ArtReview magazine, 18 March 2008
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