"Witch Hunt” is a major group exhibition showcasing the work of 15 international artists working in sculpture, installation, painting, video, and performance, whose practices are committed to feminism. The exhibition features new commissioned works as well as major projects that have yet to be presented in the U.S. or on the west coast. "Witch Hunt” is organized by Connie Butler, Hammer Chief Curator, and Anne Ellegood, Executive Director of the ICA Los Angeles and alumni of Artis’ Curatorial Seminar in Israel program.
In the exhibition, Yael Bartana presents a video installation composed of edited footage of her experimental performance piece What if Women Ruled the World, first performed at the Berlin Volksbühne in 2018. Based on Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film "Dr. Strangelove," the piece is both a scripted and improvisational play, during which officials of a fictional female-led country with a pacifist constitution discuss a breach to an international nuclear agreement and a possible response. Combining fictional settings with real life participants, Bartana’s satirical work dramatizes the feminist ethos of “the personal is political” and establishes a forum for action while exploring possible alternatives to a male-dominated world.