Yehudit Sasportas (b.1969, Israel)

Born in Ashdod, Israel in 1969, Yehudit Sasportas lives and works in Berlin and Tel Aviv. Sasportas received a Bachelor of Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem in 1993. That year she continued her studies in the Sculpture Department of the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. In 1999 the artist obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree also from Bezalel Academy, in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 1993, Sasportas has held a teaching position at Bezalel Academy. In 2007 she was chosen to represent Israel in the 52nd Venice Biennale, for which she created the installation 'Guardians of the Threshold'.

Sasportas works in a number of media, including painting, sculpture and video, to create what she calls 'mental landscapes'—large format black-and-white images of natural scenes that transition from the serenely beautiful to the hazily disconcerting. Sasportas draws stylistic inspiration from the vast history of landscape painting, creating layered works that recall diverse sources, from mass media imagery to Romantic landscapes to or Far Eastern vertical scrolls. Sasportas’s images describe the present day’s conflicted relationship with nature, as she often chooses to depict charred and burnt forests along with lush and idyllic landscapes. The artist also works with film and computer animation, adding another level of experimentation to her already innovative creations.

Sasportas has had numerous solo exhibitions; Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck (2011), Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, DA2 Domus Atrium, Salamanca (2009), Kunstverein Braunschweig,Braunschweig (2008), Leonhardi Museum, Dresden, Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin, (2005) Berkley Museum of Art, San Francisco, (2002) and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2000).Sasportas has also participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2008), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2006), Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2006). 

Sasportas has received the following awards (selection): Chosen Artist Award of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (2003-2005). The Israeli Art Prize, Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1999); Young Artist Award, Israeli Ministry of Culture (1996); the Sharet Scholarship and the Helena Rubinstein Award for Sculpture, America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1994-1998); Ehud Elhanani Prize for Academic Achievements, Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design (1993); Robert Steinmann Prize for Sculpture, and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (1993). Yehudit Sasportas is the 2009 recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for Excellency in the Arts. 

Sasportas, Yehudit b.1969

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