Ruti Sela
Born (1974)

Ruti Sela, artist, graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, and at the Film Department of the Tel Aviv University . She teaches at the Haifa University , Avni Institute of Art and Design and at the Midrasha Art School. Throughout 2011, she has been a guest resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has received a number of prizes and scholarships, among them the Anselm Kiefer prize. Her work has been shown internationally at various exhibitions and venues, including the Biennale of Sidney (2006) Istanbul Biennial (2009), Berlin Biennial (2010); Manifesta 8 (2010), Israel Museum, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Art in General, New York; Chelsea Art Museum, New York,  Tel-Aviv Museum, Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume. In 2009 she initiated together with Maayan Amir “The Exterritory Project” on which they have won an award for young artist from the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


2003-2004– MFA studies Film Department- Tel Aviv University
1997-2001– BFA Art and video studies at the Bezalel Academy Of Art & Design.
1999-2000– Art Studies at the Universidad Politecnica De Valencia, Spain


– Artis Grant.
2015– The Ostrovsky Family Fund.
– Tel Aviv Museum Collection.
– Rabinovich Art Foundation.
2014– The Ostrovsky Family Fund.
2013– The Pais Culture Fund.
2013– The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Video Art Support Fund.
2012– The New Foundation for Cinema
2011– UNESCO Award for Young Artists.
2011– Encourage, The minister of education award.
2011– Biarts Grant.
2010– Artis Grant.
2008-9– Wolf Foundation, Anselm Kiefer prize for young artist.
2009– VIDEO.IT/BJCEM – Skopje 2009Torino, Italy.
2008– The New Foundation for Cinema.
2006– The New Foundation for Cinema.
2004– The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Video Art Support Fund.
2003– Young Artist, The minister of education award.
2002– America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship
2002– The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Video Art Support Fund.
2001– The art department of Bezalel award for excellent graduate.

Residency Programs

2012– MemScreen, Vienna Art Academy.
2012– URRA, Buenos Aires.
2011– The Rijksakademie, The Netherland (Artist Guest).
2010– The Live Art Development Agency, London.

Solo Exhibitions:

2015– Image Blockade, CCA, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2015– Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherland.
2014Bat Yam Museum, Israel.
– For The Record, Tranzitdisplay, Prague, Czech Republic.
 BG-HOV-PWC, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France.
2011 “Beyond Guilt”126 Gallery, Galway, Ireland.
2011 “Beyond Guilt”Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, Canada.
2010 “Beyond Guilt”, 1646 Gallery, The Hague, Holland.
2010– “Time to Dance”, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain.
2010– “El Palabrero”, Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2008– “Rare Medium”, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv (artist curator).
2006– “Cordova”, The Center for Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Group  Exhibitions:

2016– False Flags, Pelican Bomb Gallery, New Orleans, U.S.A.
2016– Tanzquartier Wien, Austria
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, Casa do Povo, São Paulo, Brazil
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, New Museum, New York, U.S.A
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, International House, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2016– Staring Back at the Sun, Koffler Center of the Arts, Toronto, Canada

2015 New Museum Triennial, New York, U.S.A.
2015-“Travesty Advanced”, GFZK, Leipzig, Germany.
2015– “The School of Kyiv” – Kyiv Biennial, Ukraine.
2015– The Last Sea, Ashdod Museum of Art – Monart Centre, Ashdod, Israel
2015– Secrets, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

2014– Festival d’Arts Contemporains des Comores, Union of Comoros, Africa
2014– About the Tragic, Center for Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2014– “Spaceship Module”, New Museum, New York, USA.
– “Unusual Suspects”, Les Vagamondes Festival, La Filature, France.
– “Vidéogr@phie(s)”, Liège, Belgium.
– “Forensis”, HKW, Berlin, Germany.
-“Head Rest”, P8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

– “Changer d’image”, Mumok, Vienna , Austria.
2013– “Le Pont”, MAC, Marseille Museum, France.
2013 “The Way We Are”, Gallery Zilberman Istanbul, Turkey.
2013– “The Naked Man”, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary.
2013– “The Naked Man”, Lentos Art Museum in Linz.
2013– “Retour de Israel”, Jeune Création, Marseille, France.
2013– “Children’s Talk”, Herzliya Museum, Israel.
2013– “Almedalsveckan”, BAC – Baltic Art Center (screening), Sweden.
2013– “Brouillon – Bon Travail”, Argos, Brussels.
2013– “Moments on moments”, M HKA, Antwerp.
2013– “This ans That”, Kunsthaus Aussersihl (screening), Zurich.

2012– Moments, History of Performances in 10 Acts, ZKM museum, Karlsruhe  Germany
2012–  “Truth is concrete”, Steirischer Herbst festival, Graz, Austria.
2012– “The Intimate Autuman”, Århus Kunstbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2012– “The Event”, Birmingham, England.
2012– “Middle East Europe”, CCA DOX, Prague.
2012– “Bristols”, Bat-Yam Museum.
2012– Cittadellarte- Sharing Transformations, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria.
2012– Pathways into a Collection, Minsheng Art Museum, Hong Kong
2012 – Video Brazil, Brazil.
2012 –  Ici, La Ba, Michel Rein Gallery, Paris
2012 -Victims and Martyrs,Gothenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden.

2011 “Un’espressione Geografica”,Foneazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy.
2011    Distance- Homonovos, Riga, ICA, London, Wounderbar, Newcastle. UK
2011 ECHT? Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.
2011 WeAreTheArtists, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland.

2010– Berlin Biennial, Germany.
2010– “Neo-Barbarism”, Rothschild 69 Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2010– Mediation Biennial, Poznan, Poland.
2010– “Faux Amis, vidéothèque éphémère”, Jeu de Paume, Paris.
2010– “Police the Police”, Young Artists Biennial in Bucharest, Romania.
2010–  Quando Si Parte, ASSAB-One, Milan, Italy.
2010– Mobile Archive, Museum of Art and Ideas, Hamburg, Germany.
2010– Darkroom, Institute of Art in Gdańsk.
2010– Museum of art and idea, Hamburg.
2010– Trembling Time (screening), Tate Modern.
2010– Selected Works from Istanbul Biennial, Museo D’arte Della Siciliahttp, palazzoriso, Italy.
2010– Overview,Haifa Museum, Israel.

2009– 11th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey.
2009– Selected works from 11th Istanbul Biennial, Nova Gallery, Zagreb.
2009– “CPH:DOX“, the film festival, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2009– “Art TLV”, the 2nd Tel Aviv Biennial, Israel.
2009– “BTAT crossing”, Space Croix Barabgon, Toulouse, France.
2009– SCOPE New York 09.

2008– “Festival des Urbaines”, Laussane, Switzerland.
2008– “Art TLV”, the 1nd Tel Aviv Biennial, Israel.
2008– Video-Zone, the 4nd Biennial of Video Art, Tel Aviv.
2008–  Mittelmeer Biennial, Köln, Germany.
2008– “The Tyranny of The Transparent”, Minshar Gallery , Tel Aviv, Israel.
2008– “Life Stories“, TPW Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2008– “Onlyconnect“, Chelsea Art Museum, New York.
2008– “Come to Israel“, Storefront Gallery, New York.
2008– “Rare Medium“, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (as a Curator).

2007– “The Rear“, Herzeliya Biennial, Israel.
2007– “War and Cinema” Screening at Pompidou Center, Paris, France.
2007– Haifa Museum, Israel.

2006– Sydney Biennial , Australia.
2006– “L.A. Freewaves“, Film Festival, Los Angeles.
2006– “Mini-Israel”, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
2006– “8th Annual Video Marathon”, Art in General Gallery, New York.
2006– “Blanks”, The Center for Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2006– “Serial Cases”, Exchange program between Israel, Croatia, Belgium, Austria,
Turkey, Czech Republic & Romania.
2006– ‘Identity in Crisis’, the new cultural association Ambasciata di Marte, Florence, Italy.
2006– “Dreams and Trauma” – Moving Images and the Promised Lands, film festival
at the House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany.

2005– “Passion”, Villa Franchin Gallery, Mestre Venezia, Italy.
2005– Naples XII Biennial, Italy.
2005– “Transmediale”, Film festival, Berlin, Germany.
2005– “Power”, Israeli Art Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2005– “Gazza”, The Minshar Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
2005– “Hilchot Shchenim C”, The Israeli Center For Digital Art, Holon, Israel.

2004– “Hors”, The Midrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2004– Video-Zone, the 2nd Biennial of Video Art, Tel Aviv.
2004– “Hilchot Shchenim B”, The Israeli Center For Digital Art, Holon, Israel.
2004– “Winners”, group exhibition, Haifa Museum

2003– “Affirmative Action”, group exhibition, Tel Aviv Museum
2002– Participation at the “TransChina” festival, Beijing/Shanghai, China.
2002– “Retrospective” Video Art Screening, Herzliya Museum of Art.
2002– Video-Zone, the 1st Biennial of Video Art, Tel Aviv.
2002– Participation at the “Videochoroniques” festival, Marseille, France.
2002 Video projection “ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT”, at “Black box”, Brussels, Belgium.
2002– Presentation in the frame of “Artattack” at the Gwanagju biennale, Korea.
2002– Video projection “ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT”, at the “Art In General”, New York
2002– Video projections with the association of “Salamanca”- Independent magazine.
2001– “Local Time 4”: Video projections at the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
Cinematheque (Plus as the presentation’s curator).
1999 – Group exhibition at “Sala Polivalente” Valencia, Spain

2009 –2015 Initiator of Exterritory Project.
2002-2004 Producing and editing “Artattack” & “Cordova” art TV Magazine.

Academic Teaching:
2010- 2016 Teaching Art at Hamidrasha Academic Art School, MFA Program.
2004- 2016 Teaching Art and video at Haifa University.
2005- 2015 Teaching Art and video at Avni Institute.

Conferences, Workshops and invited lectures
NYU Center For The Humanities, New York, USA (Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds, in the frame of the series of “Great New Books In The Humanities” Book Launch)
Goldsmiths University of London, London, U.K. (Book Launch: Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds)
Fast Forward Festival and the Athens Biennale, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece, (Keynote Lecture)
Utrecht University, Netherlands (Representations of the (Extra)territorial, conference)
Tulane University, New Orleans, USA (conference)
Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Swiss (guest lecture and tutorials)
Decad, Berlin, Germany (lecture)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherland (Exterritory Symposium)
New Museum, New York, U.S.A (Lecture: Exploring the Blind Spots of Secrecy, Censorship and National Security)
Geheimagentur, Hamburg, Germany.
Memory and Journey, Institut für Kunstgeschichte Heinrich-Heine Universität
Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Bezalel Art Academy – workshop.
Workshop at Tranzit – Budapest, Hungary.
Workshop – Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.
Workshop – Assab 1, Milan, Italy.
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya- Guest Lecture.
Bezalel Art Academy- Guest Lecture.
Artschool London– workshop.
Midrasha Academic Art School (BFA)- Guest Lecture.
Scope art fair NY- Panel discussion.
Minshar Art School- Guest lecture.
Ben Gurion University – Guest lecture.

Publication- Books

Extraterritorialities in occupied worlds, 2016, R. Sela & M. Amir (eds.) Punctum Books, New York, USA.
Amir, Maayan & Sela, Ruti. “Exterritory Project”, in: Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, Volume 5(1), Spring 2015, Berghahn Books, Oxford, U.K & New York, U.S.A.
Amir, Maayan & Sela, Ruti. 2015. “Exterritory in Conversation with Lauren Cornell”, in: Surrounded Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York, U.S.A.
United States of Palestine-Israel, Exterritory Together with Maayan Amir, Ed. Joshoa Simion, Sternberg Press, New-York, 2011
Volume 14 of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art.
VIDEO ON THE LOOSE – Freewaves and 20 Years of Media Arts.
MULTITUDES, No 47, winter, Paris, 2011.
CAPRICIOUS No. 12: The Protest issue, Ed. Emily Roysdon, New York, 2011.

Organized Symposiums (As part of Exterritory Project)

2016 – Extrateritorial Solutions, in Collobration with UNIJURIS, Utrecht Centre for Shared Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) | Faculty of Law, Economics & Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2015 – Extraterritorility of Cyberspace, of State Intelligence, and of the Infrastructure of International Peacekeeping Missions, participants: Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt, Prof. Eyal Weizman, Architect, Malkit Shoshan. Moderator: Curator: Steven Ten Thije,( Van Abbemuseum) at Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands.

2013 – Extraterritoriality & Human Rights, participants: Dr. Eliav Liblich, IDC, (Israel), Dr. Julien  Seroussi, International Criminal Court (Netherlands), at Beit Hagefen, Haifa, Israel

2012 – Subspatial and Subtemporal, The Extraterritoriality of Art, Jaffa.
Extraterritoriality in Recent Discourses – In colloboration with Kadist Art Foundation, Paris.


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