Bracha L. Ettinger
Bracha L. Ettinger (IL - FR) is a prominent contemporary artist and a groundbreaking theoretician working at the intersection of art, psychoanalysis, feminine sexuality, and aesthetics. Ettinger is a painter and a practicing psychoanalyst. Based in Paris and in Tel Aviv, Ettinger is an activist against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, and she is among the leading intellectuals associated with contemporary French thought.
Bracha Ettinger's next one-person show will take place in June 2009 at the Freud's Museum in London. Her paintings, photos, drawings and notebooks have been exhibited extensively in major museums of contemporary art, among them: Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2008). The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp (2006-2007). KIASMAMuseum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2006). The Art Museum, Goteborg (2003).Villa Medici, Rome, (1999). Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1999). Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1997). The Pompidou Centre (1997). Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1997). Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (1997). Museum for Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan (1997). Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (1996), NationalMuseum for Women in the Arts, Washington (1996). Whitechapel, London (1996). The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, (1992). Tel-AvivMuseum of Art (1991, 1990). Among Ettinger's One-person exhibitions: The Drawing Center, NY (2001). The Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (2000). Museum of Art, Pori (1996). The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1995). The Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA), Oxford (1993). The Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersbourg (1993). Le Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne (1992.) The Musée ;des Beaux-Arts, Calais (1988). The Pompidou Centre, Paris (1987).
Bracha Ettinger has been elaborating for more than twenty years a new "matrixial" theory and language with major aesthetical, analytic, ethical and political implications that have transformed the contemorary debates in art history and cultural studies. Ettinger's ideas offer the hope that identities might not have to be achieved either sacrificially or at someone else's expense. Her book The Matrixial Borderspace (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) brings together essays from 1994-1999. Bracha L. Ettinger is at present Professor of Psychoanalysis and Art at the Media & Communications Division, European Graduate School (EGS), Saas-Fee.