Past Public Program

Lucy is Sick: artist Roee Rosen in conversation with curator Chen Tamir

Artis Presents

December 6, 2020, 11am


Lucy is Sick: artist Roee Rosen in conversation with curator Chen Tamir

Online video call, details provided with RSVP
Sunday, December 6, 11:00am EST

Join us from anywhere around the world for Lucy is Sick, a talk with artist Roee Rosen in conversation with curator Chen Tamir about Rosen’s seminal works and new project, Lucy is Sick (2020), a coloring book about the effects of illness on the body. The book was commissioned by steirischer herbst to premier at steirischer herbst ’20 – Paranoia TV this year, and was supported by an Artis Exhibition Grant. Lucy is an enfant terrible hetero-male character that Roee created nearly thirty years ago. He first appeared in an artist book of poetic texts and pen drawings by Roee, depicting his encounters and adventures. In Lucy is Sick, the character Lucy resurfaces in a series of surreal literary episodes exploring the experiences and effects of illness at different stages on the body, mind, and relationships. The coloring book was shared with in-patients at University Hospital Graz, Austria during the steirischer herbst festival this year, and is the first chapter of a larger literary project by Roee. 

Chen will moderate a conversation with Roee about Lucy is Sick and other critical works from his expansive and international career as a multidisciplinary artist, novelist, and filmmaker, including Kafka for Kids, an ongoing film project that imagines stories by Kafka as a brutally surreal children’s TV series; The Dust Channel, (2016), a video commissioned by Documenta for Documenta 14 (2017) that is an operetta with a libretto in Russian about a British home appliance, a Dyson DC07 Vacuum Cleaner, set in an Israeli reality of private perversion and socio-political phobias; and The Blind Merchant (1989–1991), an artist book and installation, made up of 145 drawings and 151 pages of text, that expands on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice with revisionist, “parasitical” text and drawings, and was recently acquired into the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. 



Roee Rosen (b. 1963) is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer. He is known for his multilayered and provocative work which often challenges the divides between history and the present, documentary and fiction, politics and erotics. Rosen dedicated years to his fictive feminine persona, the Jewish-Belgian Surrealist painter and pornographer Justine Frank, a project that entailed fabricating her entire oeuvre as a book and a short film, Two Women and a Man (2005). 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. The film went on the win numerous awards, including a nomination for the European Academy award. Rosen’s film, The Dust Channel was co-produced by Documenta 14, where it was exhibited along with two historical text and image installations: The Blind Merchant and Live and Die as Eva Braun. Several retrospectives of Rosen’s cinema were held, among them at the Oberhausen film festival (2012), La Roche sur Yon festival (2013), and FICUNAM festival, Mexico City (2018). In 2018, he had an expansive solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris, entitled Histoires dans le pénombre. Several solo exhibitions of Rosen were held in 2019, among them at the Arts Project Centre, Dublin, and Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen.

Rosen is currently working on a feature-length film entitled Kafka For Kids. The latest short film he released, Explaining the Law to Kwame (premiered at FIDMarseille; FNAC and Flash awards, 2020), is a part of this project. Rosen is a professor at Ha’Midrasha Art College, and at the Bezalel Art Academy, both located in Israel.

Chen Tamir is Curatorial Associate at Artis, where she is responsible for programs including the large video survey Staring Back at the Sun, which premiered at the New Museum in New York in 2015 and has been traveling internationally since. She is the former Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv where she worked on exhibitions with Ragnar Kjartansson, Agnieszka Kurant, Trevor Paglen, Wilfredo Prieto, Amie Siegel, and Christopher Kulendran Thomas. She has commissioned ambitious work by artists from Israel such as Yael Bartana, Maya Dunietz, Michal Helfman, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, and Ariel Schlesinger. Tamir holds an MA from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Her writing has been published by The Exhibitionist, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Hyperallergic, FlashArt, and many others.