Gilad Ratman

Born in 1975, lives and works in Tel Aviv. 

Gilad Ratman is an installation and video artist which addresses the apparently untenable aspects of human behavior by exploring the need for community and by showing forms of resistance and the borders of self. Pushing narrative to its limits and allowing for a fractured chain of events to take place, the works function as a vehicle for exploring the friction between the real and the imaginary. Violating the correlation between cause and effect, Ratman's videos undermine trust in the cinematic apparatus and open a space for the poetic and the pathetic to coexist. In some works, production and what is normally conceived as 'behind the scenes' or 'the making of' is an integral part of the work. The participants are not acting, in the sense of representation, but merely responding to a given situation, often based on physical restrictions and unfamiliar situations. Gilad Ratman holds a BFA degree from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and MFA in art from Columbia University in NY.

Forthcoming solo exhibition include the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina and TRAFO, Szczecin, Poland. Ratman exhibited in Israeli pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale (solo show) and His works have been seen all over the United States and Europe, at institutions including MOMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Garage Center of Contemporary Art Moscow, Rencontres d'Arles, Dallas Contemporary Center, Museum Beelden Aan Zee Den Haag, Israel Museum Jerusalem, Haifa Museum of Art, Herzliya Biennale of Contemporary Art, Michael Janssen Gallery Berlin, Ramiken Crucible Gallery NY and Braverman Gallery Tel- Aviv. 

Ratman has been awarded the Anslem Kiefer Prize by the Wolf Foundation, The Ministry of Culture "Young Artist" Prize, and The Givon Prize of Tel Aviv Museum.

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