Yael Bartana

Yael Bartana’s films, installations, and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country, Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland,” “return,” and “belonging.” Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals, and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. In her Israeli projects, Bartana dealt with the impact of war, military rituals, and a sense of threat on everyday life. Bartana represented Poland for the 2011 Venice Biennale. Her recent project True Finn – Tosi suomalainen, dealing with national identity operating as a means of inclusion and exclusion, was presented at the IHME Festival 2014 in Finland.

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