Yael Bartana's solo exhibition in Milan to end destructive gun culture

Milan's Galleria Raffaella Cortese is hosting a solo exhibition by Isrelian artist Yael Bartana, entitled Patriarchy is history.

In Milan, at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s solo exhibition Patriarchy is history will be open from February 28 to May 9, 2020.

The title refers to the large neon work Patriarchy is history from 2019, on display in the exhibition, which is intended to be a direct statement that on the one hand is inspired by current events and issues and on the other hand constitutes a systemic reality of global history.

On the occasion of the solo exhibition, Yael Bartana (Kfar Yehezkel, 1970) will present for the first time in Italy The Undertaker, a video work filmed in Philadelphia, which stems from the public performance Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies!, in which a march of armed individuals led by a mysterious leader is seen through the streets of the city. The march has as its destination the Laurel Hill Cemetery, where a symbolic burial of weapons takes place. Inspired by military processions as celebrations of war, the project arises in a current reality that celebrates the right to own and use weapons. The ritual is a reaction to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, a strong call to end destructive gun culture.

In addition to the video, a photo series featuring some significant moments from The Undertaker will be on view. These photographs, taken during the performance and on public display for the first time, are intended to investigate the many nuances of gestures, elements, and symbols throughout the performance.
A number of weapon fossils from different historical eras, the same ones carried in the procession during the performance, will be placed inside museum display cases. Artifacts from the “future past” that are traces of the present characterized by violence and suggest a hypothetical and imaginary future, the realization of which depends on the actions of governments and individuals around the world.

For info: raffaellacortese.com

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Image: Yael Bartana, Bury Our Weapons, Not Our Bodies! (2018)

Yael Bartana's solo exhibition in Milan to end destructive gun culture
Yael Bartana's solo exhibition in Milan to end destructive gun culture

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