Introducing: Roee Rosen

Residency Dates: November 4-10, 2013

Roee Rosen ( born 1963, is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. He heads the advanced visual arts program at Ha’Midrasha Art College in Israel and teaches at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Rosen’s painting and text installation, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-1997), stirred a scandal when first exhibited at the Israel Museum. Eva Braun was later recognized as groundbreaking in its approach to the representation of the holocaust, and was exhibited in Berlin and in New York. Rosen dedicated many years to his fictive feminine persona, the Jewish- Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank, a project that entailed fabricating her entire oeuvre as well as writing biographical and theoretical text about her, and the novel she supposedly authored. Rosen’s book, Justine Frank, Sweet Sweat (Sternberg Press) was listed as one of the best books of 2009 by Artforum magazine. In Rosen’s video project, The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008), the artist’s supposed confessions are delivered in Hebrew by three surrogates: illegal female foreign workers who do not understand the language. Confessions premiered at the FIDMarseille festival, where it won a special mention, and was later shown worldwide, among other places at Manifesta 7, in Italy. In 2010 Rosen created two films. Hilarious and Out, in which a BDSM session becomes a political exorcism. Out premiered at the Venice film festival, where it won the Orizzonti award for best medium-length film. It is presently nominated for the European Academy award. In 2012 The Oberhausen Intenational short film festival profiled Rosen’s work, and a major solo exhibition of his work was held at Iniva Center for International Art in London.

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