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Yael Bartana at the Venice Biennale

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Yael Bartana, graduate of the Department of Photography and recipient of the 2021 Yakir Bezalel award, will represent Germany at the 2024 Venice Biennale along with Ersan Mondtag, a theatre-based artist. They will headline the German pavilion titled "Thresholds" which will open on April 20, 2024.

In the German announcement relating to Venice Biennale, Yael’s artistic contribution is explained, as the first of three scenarios “Yael Bartana enters the threshold of a present perceived as catastrophic – a world on the brink of total destruction. In search of a way out, she imagines possibilities of future survival through a multifaceted work poised between dystopia and utopia. In her work, Bartana constructs alternative histories that allow for imagined and shared futures."

Throughout a fruitful and long career, her works have been exhibited in museums, galleries, biennale events and festivals in Israel and around the world. Bartana presented her works as part of solo exhibitions in leading institutions, and her works are included in the collections of the most important museums in the world. In addition, she represented Poland at the 54th Biennale in Venice with her film work "And Europe Will Be Stunned". This work of hers was ranked ninth out of the 25 most important works of the 21st century in the British "Guardian" newspaper.

The Yakir Bezalel award was given to Bartana in 2021, in recognition of her innovative and groundbreaking artistic and cinematic work, her determined and courageous engagement with controversial issues that promote dialogue and critical observation, and her great contribution to the advancement of Israeli art and the international contemporary art world.

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