Yael Bartana: And Europe Will be Stunned

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2017
$300,000

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Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!, Yael Bartana. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Zamach (Assassination), 2011. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

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Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Mary Kozmary (Nightmares),2007. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

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Yael Bartana, And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007-2011, film still from Mur i wieżas (Wall and Tower), 2009. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Walker Art Center.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first US commission of a site-specific public performance by Yael Bartana, an Israeli filmmaker and installation artist known for works that address the complexities of migration, memory, and identity. An accompanying exhibition  showcases the artist’s celebrated film trilogy exploring the history of Polish-Jewish relations, And Europe Will Be Stunned, which was recently acquired by the museum. The films are presented as an immersive experience featuring light, ephemera, and archival photographs and notes. Bartana used the exhibition themes—nationhood, belonging, and displacement—as a point of departure for her new commission, centered on the intersecting histories of Jewish Americans and African Americans in Philadelphia. During several research trips, the artist engaged with community leaders, visited historic sites, and mined Philadelphia’s history to create Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!, a “living monument” to the end of violence, seen in a public procession outside of the museum’s walls. The performance debuted in fall 2018 and was presented in collaboration with the public art organization Creative Time.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.