Louisiana Contemporary: Yael Bartana
28. February - 20. May 2012
With stark visual power the Israeli artist Yael Bartana works on the borderlines between documentary, fiction and propaganda. Her works revolve around identity, myth, religion and politics.
It caused quite a stir when the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale opened this year with works by an Israeli artist, Yael Bartana. Not only is the Jewish artist something of a fly in the ointment for a highly nationalistic Poland with a darkly antisemitic past; her works – three films, one of which was already acquired by the Louisiana Museum in the production phase – also speak (fictionally, that is) of the re-emergence of a Zionist party in modern Poland. Bartana deploys all the tricks from the history of political agitation and a classic use of imagery to create a fable about political culture as such.
The exhibition is showing the three films that follow “The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP)” – a political movement whose declared aim is to bring 3.3 million Jews back to Poland! The films are like a room from which a crowd of voices can be heard; recognizable visual stories from the Zionist movement before the war and the formation of the new state in 1947, the totalitarian rhetoric of Nazism and Communism, and the staging of the people as a collective; Polish antisemitism and nationalism and – with a nod to the present – the issue of the price paid for the Jewish state in the light of the situation of the Arab population of Palestine. Jewish identity is very much a subject of debate here.
Yael Bartana was born in 1970 in Moshav Kfar-Yehezkel in northern Israel. She studied at BFA, The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, in 1992-96, attended MFA studies at the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1999 as well as the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, 2000-2001. The artist lives and works in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam. In recent years Bartana has aroused great international attention and in 2010 was awarded the Artes Mundi Prize, one of the UK’s major art prizes.
AND EUROPE WILL BE STUNNED - THE POLISH TRILOGY
An English catalogue has been published in collaboration with the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; Artangel, London; the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. The publication, which combines the three films, is illustrated with more than 100 stills and four accompanying articles.
DKK 248 /members DKK 198
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