Yael Frank’s work deals with the connection between joy and authority. Her projects are made with humorous, analog means. They examine a fictional anthropomorphistic presence of political speech, proposedly embedded in objects of local cultural insignificance. Frank appropriates the performative potential of local esoteric readymades, to push forward a new kind of participatory relationship. On the spectrum between animating the Israeli National Anthem to creating a bad luck machine, she generates broken jokes; textual images that have a strong humorous appearance, and are conceptually manipulated to the point they become viscerally not funny. With no punchline they turn from a singular remark to an ongoing accumulating phenomenon of poetic and political unease.
Yael Frank (1982, lives and works in Tel Aviv), earned her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in NY, and her MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Her work is exhibited in internationally, among else at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Israeli Centre for Digital Arts, The Petach Tikvah Museum of Art, FuturDome Milano, Brno House of Art, Czech Republic, Zachęta National Gallery Warsaw, The Wroclaw Museum of Contemporary Art in Poland, and Hezi Cohen Gallery in Tel Aviv. Frank is the recipient of the 2017 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize Established by Anslem Kiefer.read more