In her practice, Renana is a collector of symbols and errors, playing inside the collective unconscious, tweaking memories that might have never been. Questions of belonging and un-belonging, migration and homecoming, ground, place, and borders, are at the focus of her attention. She makes moving-image works that combine videos, animations, and moving mechanisms, addressing current worldwide issues through her local instances. Renana goes out to the world and collects materials which become quasi-evidence in her video works.
Her animations are both playful and luring but relentless, symbolizing mental loops we can find ourselves stuck in. Text has an important role her works; it’s a way to imbue the videos with multiple meanings, a way to play ‘make-believe’ with historical narratives and assume contradictory identities within the work.
Renana Neuman (b. 1984) is a New York based artist born in Israel. She received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (2018), her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2011), and studied at the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna (2010). Also studied philosophy at the Tel Aviv University (2012-2014) and participated in the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (2018).
Her work has been exhibited at The Zimmerli Art Museum (NJ), Abrons Art Center (NY), Soho Gallery (Austria), Hanina Gallery (Israel), and had her solo show ‘Sentinals’ (sentimental sentinels) at GALLERY, (NYC). Future residencies include Vermont Studio Center and Barbur B&B (Israel). Between 2014-2016 Renana was the producer of Artport Tel Aviv – a residency program and gallery devoted to promoting the connections between art and society.