Last week i went to see the exhibition Story Time - seven video installations in the Helena Rubenstein Pavillon of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The exhibition featured works from Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Yael Bartana, Simon Fujiwara, Camille Henrot, Thalia Hoffman, Hajnal Németh, Saskia Olde Wolbers, all artists that are expanding the boundaries of storytelling.
I was really impressed and fascinated by “Inferno” the work of Yael Bartana, a israeli video artist living in Berlin and Tel Aviv.
The Petzel Gallery that showed “Inferno” last month in New York describes the work with the following words: “(…) Inferno centers on a replica of Solomon’s Temple currently being constructed by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo, Brazil. In just 18 minutes Inferno implodes traditional concepts of place, time and belief. Bartana combines real events with a “pre-imagining” that is sure to inspire a flood of questions and spark debate around topics such as creation, ritual, memorialization and commercialization. With its rich pageantry, stylized costuming and references to epic Hollywood blockbusters, Inferno has been referred to as a “visual feast.(…)”
Definitely an artist that I will follow in the future. Look out for her work!