Past Public Program

Presentation by Gilad Ratman & Conversation with Jon Kessler at The Swiss Institute

Artis, The Swiss Institute and Columbia University School of the Arts presented a special event with Gilad Ratman, one of the youngest artists chosen to represent Israel at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Ratman, who graduated from the School of the Arts Visual Arts Program (’09 SOA), gave a unique glimpse into his project, The Workshop (2013), a multi-channel site-specific installation for the Israel Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale. The Workshop documents the journey of a community of people from Israel to Venice, through a non-linear presentation of video, installation, sound and a physical intervention in the fabric of the Pavilion itself. While our global political reality reflects an increase in boundaries and barriers, the project’s site-specificity reflects on the Biennale as a utopian model of national connectivity. Ratman depicts a world where transit can take place across national borders via hidden networks – free, undetected and unidentifiable.