Yael Bartana is currently exhibiting her video-work The Undertaker (2019) as part of the exhibition Noa Eshkol: Rules, Theory & Passion. Yael Bartana (born Israel, 1970) observes, documents, breaks down, and reinvents public rituals, ceremonies, and social practices intended for collective group identity. Her art provokes an activist viewing – asking visitors to engage in the political act of reflecting on one’s own responsibility in society. In her films, installations, photographs, staged performances and public monuments Yael Bartana investigates subjects like national identity, trauma, and displacement, often through ceremonies, memorials, public rituals and collective gatherings.
Her work has been exhibited worldwide, and is represented in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She exhibited at Moderna Museet Malmö 2010 and most recently her work Two Minutes to Midnight was exhibited at Cecilia Hillström Gallery in Stockholm April 7–May 14 2022. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Helena Scragg is Norrköpings Konstmuseums’ curator-of-exhibitions
The discussion is presented in connection with the exhibition Noa Eshkol: Rules, Theory & Passion at Norrköpings konstmuseum.
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