Yael Bartana was born in Israel in 1970. In her practice, she employs art as a scalpel inside the mechanisms of power structures and navigates the fine line between sociology and imagination. Over the past two decades, Bartana has dealt with some of the darkest dreams of the collective unconscious and reactivated the collective imagination; dissected group identities, and aesthetic means of persuasion. 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 widely exhibited worldwide, and has been inducted into the collections of museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. She currently lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam.
Selected solo exhibitions: Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (2019/2020); Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Secession, Vienna (2012); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2012); Moderna Museet, Malmö (2010); MoMA PS1, NY (2008). Selection of Group Exhibitions: São Paulo Biennial (2014, 2010, 2006); Berlin Biennial (2012); documenta 12 (2007); Istanbul Biennial (2005), Manifesta 4 (2002). She won the Artes Mundi 4 Prize (2010) and her iconic trilogy 'And Europe Will Be Stunned' was ranked as the 9th most important artwork of the 21th century by the Guardian newspaper (2019).