Roee Rosen is an Israeli multidisciplinary artist, writer and filmmaker. An outspoken critic of Israeli government policy, Rosen’s work addresses some of the ethical dilemmas underlying social reality in his native Israel. Whilst his work deals primarily with the representation of desire and structural violence, he has created an artistic universe that undermines the normative implications of identities and identifications through fictionalisation, irony, and revision.
In 2012, Iniva hosted Roee’s first UK solo show ‘Vile, Evil Veil’, which explores the dynamic of power and pleasure, and negotiated fictional personas and cultural politics. In the installation, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995-97) the spectator is invited to become Eva Braun, Hitler’s lover, during the last days of the war, experiencing intimacy with the dictator, his suicide and a short trip to hell. When displayed in the Israel Museum in 1997 this work drew such controversy that the then Minister for Education requested its closure. Since then the work has been acclaimed as ‘groundbreaking’ and displayed in Berlin, New York, and Warsaw. He has also shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); Documenta 14, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (2017); Riccardo Crespi Gallery, Milan (2017); Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv (2015), amongst others.
He received his BFA at the School of Visual Arts, New York (1989) and his MFA from Hunter College, New York (1991).
He lives and works in Israel.