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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Catalogs: Exhibition Publications (43)
Our temporary exhibitions have had accompanying catalogs, journals, and essay collections in various formats.
Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania
Accompanying publication to the exhibition Yael Bartana: Redemption Now
res·o·nant. Mischa Kuball
Welcome to Jerusalem
Exhibition Catalog A Muslim, a Christian and a Jew
Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture
Exhibition Catalog Transcending Tradition
No Compromises! The Art of Boris Lurie
In a Foreign Country
Companion booklet to the exhibition about literature from DP camps
Pictures Galore and Collecting Mania
Catalog for the exhibition The Creation of the World featuring artifacts of Jewish written culture from the Braginsky Collection
Fred Stein. Paris New York
A Time for Everything
Rituals against Forgetting – Exhibition catalog
The Whole Truth
Special Issue for the Exhibition
Catalog for the exhibition about the artist R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007)
Russians Jews Germans
A catalog accompanying the exhibition Russians Jews Germans. Photographs by Michael Kerstgens from 1992 to the Present
Heimatkunde (How German is it?)
30 Artists' Notion of Home – Exhibition Catalog
Special Issue for the Radical Jewish Culture Exhibition
Jewish Forced Laborers at Ehrich & Graetz
Book about forced labor at the metal and electric goods manufacturer in Berlin's Treptow district
Heroes, Freaks, and Super-Rabbis
Exhibition catalog about Jewish authors and illustrators and comics
Flight and Metamorphosis
Kosher & Co.
Catalog for the exhibition on food and religion containing numerous essays (with free excerpts)
Exhibition Catalog Tödliche Medizin. Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus
(Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race)
Ruth Jacobi. Photographs
Jewish-Owned Cultural Artifacts from 1933 to the Present
Exhibition Catalog typisch! Klischees von Juden und Anderen
(Typical! Clichés about Jews and Others)
Exhibition catalog of contemporary photography and video art
Exhibition Catalog Charlotte Salomon. Leben? oder Theater?
(Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theater?)
"Neben seinen Schnürsenkeln in einem leeren Kühlschrank laufen" ("Walking Next to One’s Shoelaces Inside an Empty Fridge")
Book on the Installation by Chantal Akerman
The Danube Exodus
Companion publication to the multimedia installation The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River
Home and Exile
Roman Vishniac's Berlin
Jakob Steinhardt: Der Prophet (Jakob Steinhardt: The Prophet)
A Publication by the Berlin Municipal Museum
Exhibition Catalog Carlo Levi. Ausgewählte Werke 1926–1974
(Carlo Levi. Selected Works, 1926–1974)
"Dem Deutschen Volke" (To the German People)
The Story of the Loevy Bronze Foundry (Exhibition Publication)
Companion publication to two photography projects, Disposable Eyes and Promised Land
Collect, Fold, Count
Yael Bartana: Redemption Now
An expansive presentation of works by the contemporary artist
4 Jun to 10 Oct 2021
Who is Malka Germania?
Yael Bartana in conversation with Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch
Exhibition catalogs, the JMB Journal, book series, and more
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