She Is Hope.
She Is the Leader.
She Is the Messiah.
She Is History.
She Is Fake.
The video artist Yael Bartana (b. Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, 1970; lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin) makes work that explores the visual language of identity and the politics of commemoration. The critical scrutiny of collective expectations of political or religious salvation is a central concern in her art. In the video installation Malka Germania—Hebrew for “Queen Germania”—Bartana creates alternative realities from the German-Jewish past and present that bring scenes of the collective unconscious to light.
The publication follows the epiphany of Malka Germania, a female redeemer figure, in five chapters whose layout is modeled on that of the Talmud, the central text in Rabbinical Judaism. This organization reflects the polyphonic complexity, rich nuance, and ambivalence that the work casts into visuals and underscores that there is no simple answer.
The book includes an interview with the artist and contributions by Sami Berdugo, Christina von Braun, Michael Brenner, Max Czollek, and others. It is published on occasion of the exhibition Yael Bartana – Redemption Now at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Yael Bartana studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, the School of Visual Arts, New York, and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. Her work is held by collections all over the world and has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and the Moderna Museet, Malmö.
by Shelley Harten and Gregor H. LerschDownload (PDF / 0.17 MB / in English / not accessible)
She Is Hope
Griselda Pollock: Hope/Elpis/Tikvah: A False Friend or the Defence from History Against Our Current Enemies?, Alexander van der Haven: The End as the PastDownload (PDF / 0.23 MB / in English / not accessible)
Who Is Malka Germania?
Yael Bartana in Conversation with Shelley Harten and Gregor H. LerschDownload (PDF / 0.07 MB / in English / not accessible)
Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania
Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
English (also available in German)
Shelley Harten, Gregor Lersch, Jewish Museum Berlin
Yael Berda, Sami Berdugo, Christina von Braun, Michael Brenner, Max Czollek, Shelley Harten, Alexander van der Haven, Elke Morlok, Cas Mudde, Griselda Pollock, Julia Roth, Lavie Tidhar
Jon Cho-Polizzi (German: Max Czollek), Jake Schneider (German: Preface, Introduction, Michael Brenner, Elke Morlok, Christina von Braun, Julia Roth, Interview), Nicholas Yantian (Hebrew: Sami Berdugo)
Avi Bohbot, Gila Kaplan in cooperation with the artist
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Exhibition Yael Bartana – Redemption Now: Features & Programs
- Exhibition Webpage
- Yael Bartana – Redemption Now: 4 Jun to 21 Nov 2021
- Current page: Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania: English edition, 2021, with reading sample for download
- Yael Bartana. Das Buch der Malka Germania: German edition, 2021, with reading sample for download
- Digital Content
- Exhibition opening: Video, 2021
- Podcast series Malka, Who?: Four episodes, 2021, in English and German
- Who is Malka Germania? Yael Bartana in conversation with Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch, 2021
- Artist Talk with Yael Bartana: Video recording, 2021
- See also
- Yael Bartana, Artist