single channel DCP video
edition 1/8 + 3 A.P.
2018 Busan Biennale
2014 Sao Paolo Biennial, Brazil
2014 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
2014 54th IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, NL
2014 19th Sydney Biennale 2013, AUS
2014 Berlinale Berlin, DE
2013 Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA
2015, "Yael Bartana, Capitain Petzel, Berlin", Art Agenda
2015, "Yael Bartana, Petzel", Artforum
2014, "Portfolio Yael Bartana", Modern Painters
2014, "Rotterdam, 20 january", Volkskrant
The starting point of Inferno is the current construction of the third Temple of Solomon (Templo de Salmão) in São Paulo by a Brazilian Neo-Pentecostal Church, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), founded in Rio de Janeiro in the late-1970s with millions of adherents in Brazil and internationally. Built to biblical specifications, this new temple will be a replica of the first temple in Jerusalem, the violent destruction of which signaled the diaspora of the Jewish people in the 6th century BCE. Inferno confronts this conflation of place, history, and belief, providing insight into the complex realities of Latin America that have given rise to the temple project. Shot and edited with stylistic references to Hollywood action epics, Bartana’s film employs what she refers to as “historical preenactment,” a methodology that commingles fact and fiction, prophesy and history. Her work addresses the grandiose temple project through a vision of its future: Does its construction necessarily foreshadow its destruction? Using a powerful cinematic language, Inferno collapses histories of antiquity in the Middle East with a surreal present unfolding halfway around the world.