Roee Rosen (Rehovot, Israel, 1963) graduated, in 1984, from the Philosophy School of the Tel-Aviv University after studying Comparative Literature Studies. By the end of the 1980s, he emigrated to the United States to study at the School of Visual Arts and the Hunter College in New York. In the early 1990s, Rosen’s work already showed the power and the qualities which characterize his work—a well-developed understanding of the various art disciplines, the creation of sense through fiction, and experimentation using media intertextuality. Rosen’s work is determined by visual arts and literature, but it deals—always in a playful and sarcastic tone—with subjects related to the fields of religion, politics, history, and communication. In Roee Rosen’s hands, all expressions get a critical treatment.
Rosen, who has invented fictional characters in all kind of artistic works, carries on with his activity as a visual creator through works such as The Buried Alive Videos (2013), which is part of a transmedia project centered on a fictional figure, the Russian poet Maxim Komar-Myshkin, an opponent to Vladimir Putin. The Dust Channel (2016), his most recent visual work, was presented and coproduced by Documenta 14, one of the most important contemporary-art exhibitions in the world, which is held in Kassel, Germany. This work, set in the household of a bourgeois Israeli family whose fear of dirtiness takes the shape of a bizarre devotion for electric appliances, brings together two different idioms, the one of mass media and the one of opera music.
Rosen’s work explores issues such as identity and the notions of evil, dealing specifically with the collective memory of the Jewish people and the power of creativity in life-or-death situations. Rosen has created a body of work which is understood as provocative in sociopolitical terms.
- The Dust Channel (2016)
- The Buried Alive Videos (2013)
- Hilarious (2010)
- Tse/Out (2010)
- The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008)
- Gagging During Confession: Names and Arms (2008)
- Confessions Coming Soon (2007)
- I Was Called Kuney-Lemel (2007)
- Two Women and a Man (2005)
- Dr. Cross, a Dialogue (1994)