Inferno (7), 2014
LED light box, with dimmable switch, Inkjet Print on Backlit Film with Epson Ultrachrome K3 Ink
image: 80 x 120 cm
lightbox 84 x 124 x 8 cm
Edition 1 A.P. (of an edition of 3 + 2 AP)
2015, "Yael Bartana", Art Agenda, February 25
2015, "Yael Bartana", Artforum, Artforum, March 2015, pp. 282-283.
2014, "Portfolio: Yael Bartana", Modern Painters, March, pp. 27-29
2014, "Jeanne Presser: Rotterdam, 20 januari", Volkskrant, 24 januari
This lightbox is part of Yael Bartana's "Inferno" project which resulted in a film and lighboxes. The starting point of Inferno (2014) is the 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. 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. 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.