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Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Afula, Israel) is a female video artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.[1]

She graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a BFA, and studied at the Rijks akademie van Beelden de Kunsten.[2] Her work investigates society and politics. She has become known for her complex visualizations in the forms of photography, film, video, and sound works and installations.[3]




Yael Bartana makes art about displaced people. She describes how Palestinians have lost their homes. She remembers Israelis who have suffered the ultimate displacement—soldiers and others who have given their lives. As an Israeli, she knows the politics of displacement at first hand. However, she focuses as well on more hopeful, voluntary displacements—in acts of protest and remembrance. She documents clashes with police and a movement to rebuild Palestinian housing. She lingers over a small but meaningful displacement on Soldier's Memorial Day, as drivers in Tel Aviv step out of their cars for a moment of silence.[7]


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  3. ^ "Yael Bartana: I Didn't Want to Make a Documentary", ArtReview magazine, 18 March 2008
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