Yehudit Sasportas is one of the most important Israeli artists and represented the country in 2007 at the 52nd Venice Biennale with an installation for the Israeli Pavilion. She was born in Tel Aviv in 1969. Yehudit Sasportas initially studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She then traveled to New York to continue her studies at the Sculpture Department of the Cooper Union School of Art there. In 1999 Yehudit Sasportas completed her studies with a Master of Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The artist, who has been teaching at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem since 1993, lives and works in Berlin and Tel Aviv.
For a long time, Yehudit Sasportas' artistic work has been concerned with developing her own seismographic code language for the visualization of sounds and thus an objectification and simultaneous anonymization of personal "expressions of life".
Ink drawings and installations show landscapes far removed from the idyllic nature. Muddy forests, black lakes and withered tree trunks become mental landscapes. A recurring motif is the moor in its unfathomable, mysterious, eerie. It is a symbol of the transition into another, metaphysical dimension. For the artist, her works are to be understood as a symbol for an existential situation; in her work she creates an energy field between movement and pause, tension and discharge, between the personal experience of the viewer and the objectively perceptible.
“The Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas escapes from routine. She meticulously tries to uncover the unconscious. The viewer of her art also has to deal with the unusual and experiences radical sensory impressions. "(Cicero)
Yehudit Sasportas has participated in numerous national and international solo and group exhibitions, including at the Israel Museum in Tel Aviv (Israel) (2013), the Herbert Gerisch Foundation in Neumünster (2010), the Kunstverein Braunschweig (2008), and the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden (2005), in the Berkley Museum of Art in San Francisco (USA) (2002) and in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel) (2000).
Yehudit Sasportas has received numerous prizes, such as the Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for Excellency in the Arts (2009), the Israeli Art Prize (1999) and the Robert Steinmann Prize for Sculpture (1993).
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