Yael Bartana was born in 1970 in Kfar Yekezkel in Israel. Today he lives and works between Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Berlin. Bartana works with photography, installation and video, and addresses the Israeli-Palestine question. His work explores the theme of belonging to one’s native land, national identity and the role of collective memory in the make-up of a country. In his early videos Bartana filmed public, folkloric and military rituals, which he altered and distorted by working on the sound and slowing the speed of the images. More recently Bartana has introduced fictional elements and ‘situations’, which were previously constructed in real narratives. Between 2006 and 2011, Bartana worked on a project in Poland: ‘And Europe Will Be Stunned’ which explores the relationship between Judaism and the national Polish identity, and which revolves around the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a utopian political group founded by Bartana in 2007.
In 2010, Bartana won the Artes Mundi 4 prize. In 2011 he represented Poland in the 54th Venice Biennale. Exhibitions dedicated to his work include those held in 2015 at Petzel Gallery, New York, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan. The video A declaration (2006) was among the works included in the exhibition ‘Voice of Images (2012-13) at Palazzo Grassi.