Efrat Natan

1947, Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin


Efrat Natan, born in 1947 in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin, Israel, now lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. After graduating from Avni Institute, she worked with Raffi Lavie (1968-71), curator at the Young Wing of the Israel Museum. In the early 1970s, she was among the first artists in Israel to work the conceptual art and the body art with an international language, as a result of a large knowledge of Western art. Since then, her work speaks out for itself, as a result of an assembling of social, political and religious icons, where Natan’s cultural heritage is always presented. A symbolic work that connects with her private memories linked with a childhood in a kibutz, a symbolism that goes from the Judaic belief until the territory issues in Israel. Natan mainly uses daily objects to produce the artworks, process which overcomes by the confront between the habitable space-memory and its timeless reproduction to the museological discourse: the sensitive memory transposed to the white wall and ground. Efrat Natan has shown his work at museums and institutions such as Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; or the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among many others.