NEWS / 2015

Gilad Ratman, solo exhibition, Four Works, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland

Curated by Sergio Edelsztein, Four Works is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of Gilad Ratman’s works in Europe.

 Gilad Ratman established himself as one of the leading international video artists with The Workshop, his acclaimed five-screen video installation shown at the Israeli Pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale. The TRAFO exhibition will put that major work in a kind of temporal “brackets”, showing 2 works from before and two works done after.

As the title indicates, the show will be comprised of four large video installations spanning 6 years of creation The 588 Project (2009); Multipilori (2010) and two new ones Buried Metal (2011-2015) and Quad(2015). More than an exhibition of separate and self-contained works, the scale and simultaneity of the works installed over 4 floors of TRAFO will create a single installation where the works echo physical and topographical layers, addressing issues of modernity and the human condition in front of changing political and technological realities.

 The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with essays by Liam Gillick and Sergio Edelsztein.

The project will take place in conjunction with the heavy metal festival AAAAAAARRGHH. SZCZECIN EXTREME FEST VOL. II.

Gilad Ratman was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1975, and studied at the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design (BFA), Jerusalem, and then at Columbia University (MFA), New York. His solo exhibitions have included: the MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires (2014); Israeli Pavilion, 55. Venice Biennale (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2011); Ferenbalm-Gurb Station, Karlsruhe (2011); Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv (2010); and the Haifa Museum of Art (2009). Gilad Ratman has also participated in a number of group exhibitions held at: Bass Musuem of Art, Miami (2012); Herzliya Contemporary Art Biennial (2011); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2011); The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); Rencontres d’Arles (2010); MoMA PS1, New York (2010); Dallas Contemporary Art Center (2010).  The artist has been awarded The Anselm Kiefer Prize by the Wolf Foundation (2011); Art Matters Grant (2010); The Jerome Foundation (2010); The Ministry of Culture “Young Artist” Prize (2007) and the Givon Prize of Tel Aviv Museum (2005). His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art; American University Museum, Washington DC. Gilad Ratman lives and works in Tel Aviv.


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