Artist Yael Bartana Taps Into Jewish-Diaspora Zeitgeist

The provocative Israeli-born video artist whose work is now on show in New York and Berlin has an uncanny ability to manipulate pictures, words and symbols while probing fundamental issues of identity.

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Perhaps the boldest image in Yael Bartana’s bracing new exhibit at the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York (also showing concurrently in Berlin) is a self-portrait of the artist as Nazi propagandist Leni...