Orit Ben-Shitrit   E orit.ben ~at~ gmail.com   A Brooklyn, NY 11211

BIOGRAPHY
Working with video, photography, performance and choreography, Orit Ben-Shitrit utilizes movement and bodies to implicate the powers that be, their mechanisms of domination and the potential for violence.

Pulling from manifold historical and literary sources, Orit addresses the personal and contemplates the national in textured imagery. She engages in three main topical themes: cycles of violence in the Middle East; abstract systems of political, religious and economic control; and conflicted beings trapped in bodies.

In her videos Ben-Shitrit places the individual in the midst of a series of events—rituals, struggles, exorcisms—addressing the complex and covert rules of power. In MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY (2010) she investigates the relationship between the State and the individual; HALF TAMED BEAST (2010) analyzes the notion of control over natural resources, such as water; the unspoken ties between art and finance is the main subject of VIVE LE CAPITAL (2010-12); while a schizophrenic response to anxiety ridden cognitive capitalism is the central issue in WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES (2013-2015). The most recent of these works sees many of the artist’s concerns and motifs realized through the use of exuberant painterly colors, patterns and layered meanings. It details the collapse of a mind trapped in a modern-day technological apparatus.

Orit has recently shown at MACRO Museo d'arte contemporanea Roma; Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Haifa Museum of Art; Biennial of Moving Image (BIM) at Museum MUNTREF, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; the Royal College of Art, London; Anna Kustera Gallery and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York; Mana Contemporary, Miami; Videobrasil in São Paulo (2011, 2013); The 3CL, Luxembourg; as well as in Austria, Germany, Finland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and the US and China. Recent commissions include HALF TAMED BEAST by Artis at Zoom contemporary art from the Middle-East in 2010, a performance commission for ISCP, NY in 2012, and a film commission for Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in 2013-2015. Ben-Shitrit is a recent Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grantee (2016) a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident, and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2010 and is based in Brooklyn.


SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017  
Not That Hard, Momenta Art at Temporary Storage gallery, Brooklyn
AVIFF 2017, Art Film Festival, Cannes, France
NewFilmmakers, NY, Anthology Film Archives, New York
Group Portrait, Unisex Salon, Brooklyn

2016  
BIM, Biennial of Moving Image, Museum MUNTREF, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires
Borderless: In Time, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
Intersections, Jerusalem International Film Festival, Experimental Section
24/7, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (solo project)

2015
  
Currents 2015, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico
Vive Le Capital, BANK /MABSOCIETY, Shanghai
Triacontagon, 30 Years of NYFA Artists’ Fellowship Program, Westbeth Gallery, New York
WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) New York
Decomposing Hierarchies, Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, New York
Decomposing Hierarchies, Form and Substance, InterContinental, Miami


2014
  
Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (The 3CL), Luxembourg
MANA Monumental, MANA Contemporary, Miami
CROSSBREEDS, Experimental Ground for Dance, Performance+Related Art Forms, Vienna
Are We Already Gone? Artists on the Art of Leaving, FlickerLab, New York
Loikka Dance Film Festival, Helsinki
Centrifuge, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York

2013  
Reinventing The Future, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma (MACRO) Rome
New Narrative Forms / Korperwelten, KINO DER KUNST, Munich
18th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, São Paulo
Defying The Limits, San Francisco Independent Film Festival
NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives, New York


2012

How much do I owe you? No Longer Empty, Bank of Manhattan, New York
British Council Visiting Arts, ICA London
NewFilmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives, New York
A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York
(TIME: MECHANISM) live performance, ISCP, New York
Many Conversations, The Present Company, Brooklyn


2011
  
The Coming Community, at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
Physical Center, Guest Projects, London
17th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, São Paulo
ONOMONO, experimental performance, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York
URBAN LEGEND, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn
Collage Logic, Governors Island, New York

2010  
HALF TAMED BEAST and MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY (solo) Artis non-for-profit, at ZOOM, Miami
MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY, Times Square Gallery, New York
PARLOUR NO. 17, Parlour, New York
Site Unseen, Royal College of Art, London
Ghost Dance Machine, Vaudeville Park, New York

2009  
Orit Ben-Shitrit/Aleksandar Duravcevic/Dejan Kaludjerovic Anna Kustera Gallery, New York
MAs Select MFAs, Times Square Gallery, New York
Collage Logic, Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, MA
PARLOUR NO. 11, Parlour, New York
DisEchoNance, Times Square Gallery, New York (curatorial with Jared C. Deery)

2008  
American Dreams, Pace University Digital Gallery, New York
WET, Chashama, New York
TALENT PReVIEW, White Box, New York
Cryptoreal - Art and Myth, Francis Lewis Gallery, New York
ALL HALLOWS EVEN, The Gowanus Studio Space, New York
In Transition Russia 2008, National Centres of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg and Moscow
The Mirror Stage, Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus
Loyal Rooftops 2008, Galerie Loyal, Kassel, Germany
Digital Media 1.0 Festival, La Nau Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Around The Coyote/Looptopia, Chicago

2007  
Loyal Rooftops 2007, Kassel, Germany
Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams, Celje, Slovenia
PIXILERATIONS [v.4]: Stories +/- Ornament, Providence, RI, USA
The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, apexart, New York (curatorial)
Three-Minute Film Fest, Root Division, San Francisco

2006  
What War? White Box, New York
Valentina’s, Roebling Hall, New York

2005  
Poles Apart Poles Together, Parallel Project at the 51st Venice Biennale
Artists for Tsunami Relief benefit auction at Phillips de Pury & Company sponsored by the NY Daily News,
organized and curated by Orit Ben-Shitrit. 100% of funds donated to Americares.
Project Playdate, Diamonds and Oranges Gallery, New York

2004
Pixelgraphic (Solo) Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Las Vegas
The Infinite Fill Show, Foxy Production, New York


SELECTED AWARDS/RESIDENCIES/AFFILIATIONS
2017
Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, New School/Parsons (2015-present)
Adjunct Faculty, Film and Media Dept., FIT
Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts

2016
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant recipient
Mana Wynwood residency
Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts

2015
Ostrovsky Family Fund Grant Recipient
Marble House Project residency
New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Advisory Committee member (serving through 2017)
Panelist, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship and Artist Fellowship programs

Visiting artist, School of Visual Arts

2014
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Residency
Visiting artist, Pratt Institute


2012
New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Film/Video
Ostrovsky Family Fund Grant Recipient
Artis Grant Recipient
Honorable mention, CDA-Projects Artistic Research and Production Grant, Istanbul;
selcted by Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Pauline J. Yao and Iz Oztat
Visiting artist, NYU Steinhardt Department of Art

2011
Visiting artist + master class, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010
LMCC Swing Space Residency
Tony Smith Award

2009
Workshop fellowship with Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari

2008
Visiting Artist, Hunter College


COMMISSIONS
2013-2015 Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) DANCE MOViES Commission
2012 Live performance/dance, ISCP, New York
2011 Video for In Whole or in Part, a dance by Kate Corby at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
2010 Site-specific performance, Half Tamed Beast, Artis, Zoom, Miami


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY/TEXTS

Finkelstein, David. Negotiations of the Bicameral Mind – Ward of the Feral Horses, Film International, September, 2016.
Finkelstein, David. The Dance of Money and Artists – Vive le Capital, Film International, September, 2016.
Tresca, Weinstein. New moves in film, Albany Times Union, January 21, 2015.
18th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas exhibition catalogue, September 2013.
Kucinski, Maria. The Brooklyn-Based Artist Explores The Balance of Power, Papercut, March 2013.
Pearlman, Ellen. Revealing the Hidden Truths of the Financial World Through Art, hyperallergic, December, 2012.
Ben-Shitrit, Orit. The TYRANNY OF TIME, Emergency INDEX, Ugly Duckling Presse. Launch at the Kitchen, March 2012.
Kepecs, Susan. Kate Corby & Dancers review, Dance Magazine, October 13, 2011.
17th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas exhibition catalogue, September 2011.
Hazut, Yeala and Weinberg, Lee. The Coming Community, exhibition catalogue, January 2011.
Laster, Paul. Checking Out ZOOM..., artbasel.aol.com, Dec 2nd, 2010.
Marisa Mazria, Katz. Focusing in on the Middle East, The Art Newspaper, Art Basel Miami Edition, December 3, 2010.
Schmitt, Amanda. amateurartcriticnyc.blogspot.com, Top 10 picks: May 2010.
Ben-Shitrit, Orit. INPUT journal, First Iteration, FRS, May 2009.
Warren, Fry. DisEchoNance, The Brooklyn Rail, March, 2009.
Crasnow, Sascha. MAs Select MFAs, exhibition catalogue, 2009.
NYFA Featured Artist January 16, 2009.
Jones, Darren. Cryptoreal - Art and Myth, exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Bleack, Helene and Colakides Yiannis. In Transition Russia 2008, exhibition catalogue, 2008.
Heartney, Eleanor. MAKING GOOD LUCK, exhibition catalogue, 2007.
Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams, exhibition catalogue, 2007.
Poles Apart / Poles Together, exhibition catalogue, 2005.
News Helps Raise 125G Tsunami Aid, NY Daily News, March 10, 2005.
Art with Heart NY Daily News, March 9, 2005.
Artnet News, March 3, 2005.
Schillaci, Kelle. Breaking it Down, Las Vegas CityLife, January 7, 2005.
Yowell, Erika. Art: Pixelgraphic by Orit Ben-Shitrit, Las Vegas Mercury, January 6, 2005.
Laster, Paul. Dreamland Artnet, August 10, 2004.
Smith, Roberta. The Infinite Fill Group Show, New York Times, August 6, 2004.


EDUCATION

MFA, Hunter College, New York (2010)
Choreography Intensive, Donna Uchizono, Movement Research, New York
BFA + AAS, FIT, New York
Study abroad, the London College of Communication