Yael Bartana in discussion with Galit Eilat and Erden Kosova.
Yael, Galit and Erden will go live for a Q&A at 9 pm.
Hope to see you there!
Yael Bartana will elucidate her motives in producing some of her works dealing with the complexities around identity and the politics of memory. In Tashlikh (Cast Off, 2017), for example, a visual meditation that gathers personal objects linked to horrors of the past and the present, Bartana examined the difficulties of absolving from collective burdens. Another more recent project of her, What If Women Ruled the World (2018) was an experimental performance which combines fictional settings and real life participants, setting up a particular forum for action while exploring possible alternatives to a world dominated by men.
Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of collective identities and the politics of memory by means of ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions. Her film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned, which discusses the relationship between Judaism and Polish identity, was shown at the Polish pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale. Bartana has been expanding her work within the cinematic world, presenting projects such as Inferno (2013) True Finn (2014), and Pardes (2015). Bartana's works have been exhibited around the world and are part of collections at museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
From the series:
ART IN DARK TIMES
Curated by Erden Kosova and Galit Eilat
The current pandemic paralysis of world societies has changed the definition of the term of ‘‘crisis’’ irreversibly, reinforcing the sense of deepening tectonic changes in relation with the inner structuring of our contemporary societies and the destruction of nature under capitalism.
Yet, the appeal to the term of ‘‘crisis’’ decade has already escalated along with successive complications within the political sphere: the turbulence of state sovereignty, the unravelling of basic premises of secularisation by the hands of new and traditional ideological movements, the rise of historical revisionism erasing past crimes to open up for new ones, increasing appeal to misogyny, majoritarian politics and authoritarianism, catastrophic consequences of hyper-consumption and conversely, undeclared resurgence of human slavery.
The series of talks framed as ART IN DARK TIMES will try to trace the ways in which artistic and cultural practices (curatorial projects, academic texts, activist campaigns, video and films) have been responding to these antagonising complications. Relating to the specific conflicts of their own burdened geographies, the invited guests will examine the interconnected and global character of these shifting grounds. The program of the series was conceived last autumn and adapted recently to the current pandemic circumstances.
Galit Eilat is an interdependent curator and writer based in Amsterdam. She developed her practice through a variety of platforms and roles as an institute director and editor of books and a magazine. Her current research trajectories are dealing with the Syndrome of the Present and Art under authoritarianism. Eilat is the recipient of Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, Bard College, 2017-18 and she is the director of Meduza Foundation since 2018.
Erden Kosova is an art critic in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2017 he curated the exhibition "Contemporary Syndromes", which was shown in Thessaloniki, Izmir, Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2019, he was a co-organizer of the Young Curators Academy, which took place at the Maxim Gorki Theater as part of the 4th Berlin Herbst Salon. In 2019 he was also involved in the exhibition of the SIS collective "In the blink of an eye" at the nGbK. Kosova is the editor of the Istanbul online magazine red-thread.org.
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Gefördert durch den Bezirkskulturfonds des Bezirksamt Mitte in Berlin