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Worm's-eye view of the chest and face of a woman dressed in white with platinum blonde, short hair on a donkey, whose neck, cut at the left edge of the picture, is just visible. Background: Berlin Brandenburg Gate and steel blue sky

Yael Bartana
The Book of Malka Germania

Accompanying Publication to the Exhibition
Yael Bartana: Redemption Now

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.

The cover shows a golden figure on a black background. Her left arm is raised, on her hand an eagle takes flight.

Cover of Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania (English edition)

Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania (trailer)

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.

Excerpts

Introduction

by Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch

Download (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 Past

Download (PDF / 0.23 MB / in English / not accessible)

Who Is Malka Germania?

Yael Bartana in Conversation with Shelley Harten and Gregor H. Lersch

Download (PDF / 0.07 MB / in English / not accessible)

Details

  • Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania
    200 pages
    130 illustrations
    Clothbound hardcover
    Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
    Berlin 2021

    ISBN: 978-3-96912-036-1
    English (also available in German)

  • Editors

    Shelley Harten, Gregor Lersch, Jewish Museum Berlin

  • With contributions by

    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

  • Translations

    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)

  • Design

    Avi Bohbot, Gila Kaplan in cooperation with the artist

  • Price

    42 €
    Available in all bookshops

The cover shows a black figure on a golden background. Her left arm is raised, on her hand an eagle takes flight.

Cover of Yael Bartana. Das Buch der Malka Germania/Yael Bartana. The Book of Malka Germania (German edition)

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