Renana Neuman is a Brooklyn-based, visual artist, educator, and organizer born in Israel. Her work fuses together eras, continents, and modes of consciousness. She combines video, animation, and text to describe how emotion-driven processes are used to produce ideologies of rootedness and possession. Exhibitions include The Digital Public Art Platform (Moscow, Russia, 2021), Barbur Gallery (Jerusalem, Israel, 2021), The Immigrant Artist Biennial (NY, 2020), The Zimmerli Art Museum (NJ, 2017), Muzeum Sztuki (Lodz, Poland, 2019), Kunstraum Brooklyn (NY, 2019), Abrons Art Center (NY, 2018), Hanina Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel, 2019). She received support from ‘Yotzrim’ Culture Fund (Israel, 2019), Barbur East/West Residency (Israel, 2021), Vermont Studio Center Sculpture Grant (2019) and Ox-Bow Faculty Residency (2021). She participated in the interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, NY (2020-21), Saas Fee Summer Institute of Art (2018) and in Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists, Winter Intensive (2020). Renana received her MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts (full fellowship), and a BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem from the Video and New Media Department.
“Playing With My-Self” is a series of drawings, sculptures, and video works. The protagonists of the project are broken, boiled down to a hand, a leg, and ahead in different constellations. In the video, they try to transform themselves, joining together to make hybrid creatures, in a constant process of becoming, of remaking the self, contemplating on the connection between the psyche and the physical. The series addresses the constant evolution of the self as we’re working to incorporate the many broken selves that we’re made of.
If you could break something, what would it be?