Michal Rovner

Michal Rovner was born in 1957 in Israel. She studied cinema, television, and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and received a B.F.A. in photography and art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. In 1978, she co-founded Tel Aviv's Camera Obscura Art School for studies in photography, video, cinema and computer art.
Rovner's work in video, sculpture, drawing, sound and installation has been exhibited worldwide in over fifty solo exhibitions including Michal Rovner: The Space Between (2002), a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, Against Order? Against Disorder? (2003) at the Israeli Pavilion 50th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Fields (2005) at Jeu de Paume in collaboration with Festival d'Automne; with Fields of Fire (sound composed by Heiner Goebbels), Paris, and Histoires (2011), a solo exhibition in three parts at the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
Site specific video installations created by Rovner include: Mutual Interest (1997) at the Tate Gallery, London, Overhanging (1999) at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Overhang (2000) a site-specific installation at the Chase Manhattan Bank on Park Avenue New York; Untitled Paris 2003 (2004) at LVMH Headquarters, Paris; Living Landscape (2005), a permanent twelve meter high video projection at Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, and Cracks in Time (2012) at Castello di Rivoli, Turin.
Rovner's films have been screened internationally at several museums. Border (1997) premiered at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Gallery, London. Notes (2001), in collaboration with composer Philip Glass, premiered at Lincoln Center New York, and Barbican Center, London in 2001.
In 2006, Rovner began a series of large-scale monumental stone structures titled Makom ("Place" in Hebrew). Rovner used building stones from dismantled or destroyed Israeli and Palestinian houses from various places including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, Nablus, Hebron and the Galilee. Rovner worked with Israeli and Palestinian stone masons to construct new spaces encompassing history, memory and time.
Among her recent awards are: Honorary Doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2008. Chevalier (Knight) Medallion, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, 2010 and Bezalel Fellow 2012 Prize, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
Rovner lives and works in New York City and on a farm in Israel. She is represented by The Pace Gallery, New York.

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