Yael Bartana

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Yael Bartana
Pressekonferenz zur Aktion „Zwei Minuten Stillstand“ von Yael Bartana-1482.jpg
Yael Bartana, 2013
Born 1970
Kfar Yehezkel, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Education Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Known for Video art
Movement Israeli art

Yael Bartana (Hebrew: יעל ברתנא‎; born 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel) is an Israeli artist working in film, installation and photography. Her work investigates "the imagery of identity and the politics of memory."[1][2] She is perhaps best known for the film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, which premiered at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale and explores notions of identity and nationalism inherent to the right of return.[3] She is based in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Tel Aviv.[4]


Bartana received a BFA in photography from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Academy, Jerusalem, a MFA in 1999 from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beelden de Kunsten in Amsterdam for two years, ending in 2001.


Yael Bartana’s films, film installations and photographs challenge the national consciousness that is propagated by her native country of Israel. Bartana focuses her work on the implied meanings of terms related to "homeland", "return", and "belonging".[5]

Bartana's platform for investigation includes 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 trilogy of films And Europe Will Be Stunned,[6] which examines 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.[7]


Yael Bartana has had several solo exhibitions held at various venues including: the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, MoMA PS1 in New York City, 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.[8] Yael Bartana was Poland's choice for the 2011 Venice Biennale where she was the first non-Polish citizen to represent Poland. In 2013 her film And Europe Will Be Stunned was acquired in the permanent collection by the Solomon R. Guggenhein Foundation and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.[9] Bartana's photography, film, and sound works investigate questions surrounding society, spirituality, and politics.

Awards and Prizes[edit]

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



  1. ^ "Annet Gelink Gallery, Artist's Biography". Annet Gelink Gallery. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Artist's Website, Biography". Yael Bartana Website. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Yael Bartana". Modern Painters. 26 (3): 27–29. 2014. 
  4. ^ "Meet The Artist, Yael Bartana". Ago. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Yael Bartana Biography. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
  6. ^ "Yael Bartana ...and Europe will be Stunned". 
  7. ^ Smith, Roberta (2013-04-18). "Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Israeli Yael Bartana is Artes Mundi 4 winner". BBC.co.uk. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Guggenheim and Tel Aviv Museum of Art Announce Acquisition of Yael Bartana Video". Guggenheim. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  10. ^ "Back to the Future". Anne Gelink Gallery. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Vo, Edited by Bartholomew Ryan ; Texts by Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nástio Mosquito, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Hito Steyerl, Danh (2013). 9 artists (First Edition. ed.). Minneapolis: Walker Art Center. ISBN 1935963066. 
  12. ^ "Yael Bartana - ...And Europe Will Be Stunned". ago.net. Retrieved 2014-09-27. 
  13. ^ "Yael Bartana - Moderna Museet". Modernamuseet.se. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  14. ^ "Yael Bartana - Artes Mundi". Artesmundi.org. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  15. ^ "Yael Bartana on Artabase". Artabase.net. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  16. ^ "Special Exhibition - Mary Koszmary (Nightmares): A Film by Yael Bartana". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 

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