My videos and installations aim to deal with untenable aspects of human behavior by exploring the appearance of pain, struggle and the wild. Pushing narrative to it borders and allowing for a fractured chain of events to take place, functions as a vehicle for me to explore the friction between the real and the imaginary. Violating the correlation between cause and effect, my videos undermine trust in the cinematic apparatus, and opening a space for the poetic and the pathetic to coexist.
I see my work as a political attempt to subvert the cultural mechanisms that generate meaning and the language by which we engage reality and to position myself as an opposing force to the obsessions with “nowness” that is expounded by the media and the dialectic binary approach endorsed by it.
Gilad Ratman (b. 1975, Israel) works and Lives in New York. He received an MFA from Columbia university (2009). Recent solo shows: Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv (2010). Haifa Museum for contemporary art, Israel (2009). Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany (2008) .The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2006)
Upcoming solo show: Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award, Arles, France (2010)
Recent Group shows: La Tolerie Center for Contemporary Art, Clermont Ferrand, France (2009). The 2nd Herzelia Biennial, Israel (2009).Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin (2009). Art in General, New York (Screening) (2009). ReMap 2, Athens Biennial , Greece (2009). Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2008). Kulturhuset Stokholm, Sweden (2008). Museum Beelden Aan Zee, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2008). Stockholmsmässan, Sweden (2008). Petach-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel (2007). Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2005)