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closed Yael Bartana. Cast off

Curated by: Chiara Dall'Olio

The show

The exhibition features a series of video and photographic installations by the Berlin and Amsterdam based Israeli artist, whose work, interwinding reality and fiction, revolves around the themes of identity, ritual and nation-state.

From 15 November 2019 to 13 April 2020,  in Palazzo Santa Margherita, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive presents Cast Off, a solo show by the Berlin and Amsterdam-based Israeli artist Yael Bartana (b. Kfar Yehezkel, 1970).

Curated by Chiara Dall’Olio, the exhibition features six video and photographic works, installed throughout the Sala Grande and Sale Superiori of Palazzo Santa Margherita, which address notions of identity, nation state and ritual, as well as how these themes are instrumentalized in contemporary politics.

At a time when Italy and the rest of Europe are facing rising nationalism and the re-emergence of separatism, Bartana’s work calls attention to the existence of predominant social and political mechanisms, encouraging her audience to contemplate their own positions within such systems.

“From the documentary style of her early works, in the second half of the 2000s," notes Dall’Olio, "Bartana moved on to create films portraying actions and collective rituals that, despite appearing realistic, are fictional. At the same time, she expanded the scope of her work to encompass Europe, where she now lives."

“These video installations," the curator continues, "inhabit the ambiguous margin between reality and fiction. Combining a documentary style with techniques appropriated from Zionist propaganda films of the 1920s and ’30s, at times they spark moments of irony. Most recently, Bartana’s latest projects take her refined, minimalist aesthetic to the extreme, whilst still producing works layered simbolism".


Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Corso Canalgrande, 103
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