Yael Bartana:
Light to the Nations 


2023/2024 — Poster series
cda holon 2023 / German Pavilion, 60th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia 2024










Light to the Nations is a proposal about the attempts, dystopic and utopic, to save humanity in the face of a global catastrophe, whether man-made or caused by nature, which would extinguish any possibility of life on Earth. The work is influenced by post-apocalyptic science-fiction literature and a critique of today's accelerated technological progress, and the economic and political forces involved in it. The title Light to the Nations, taken from the Bible, points towards possibilities of redemption in the Jewish context but indicates a more universal message.

At the heart of the work is the creation of a generation ship: a mothership that will lead humanity towards other planets, and in doing so exercise the cabalistic concept of Tikkun Olam (lit. “the repair of the world”). This vessel is designed to host in its first phase a community of 98 souls in a journey that will take thousands of years and will travel far beyond our solar system

🍒 Collaboration with Gila Kaplan