Orit Ben-Shitrit is a Moroccan-Israeli interdisciplinary artist educated in New York and showing internationally. Orit works in photography, video and choreography. She has been utilizing movement and bodies to address issues of domination and the potential for violence. These issues developed through three main topical themes: cycles of violence in the Middle East, invisible mechanisms of political, religious and economic control; and conflicted beings trapped in bodies. The works span a spectrum of historical references, combined with ideas that relate to co-dependency, inner demons and behavioral disorders in texture-rich imagery.
Orit has recently shown at MACRO museum, Rome; the Haifa Museum of Art; RCA, London; Videobrasil in São Paulo (2011, 2013); La Nau Universitat de Valencia in Spain; as well as in: Germany, Russia, Slovenia and the US. Recent commissions include HALF TAMED BEAST by Artis at Zoom contemporary art from the Middle-East in 2010, performance commission by ISCP in 2012 and EMPAC in 2013. Ben-Shitrit is a recent LMCC Swing Space resident, and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video. She is based in Brooklyn.
18th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, São Paulo, Brazil, November-February 2014
NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives, NYC, June 26th
New Narrative Forms / Körperwelten, KINO DER KUNST, Munich, Germany
Reinventing The Future, curated by Micol Di Veroli, MACRO / Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome, January 31-March 18
Defying The Limits, San Francisco Independent Film Festival
How much do I owe you? Curated by Manon Slome at No Longer Empty, Bank of Manhattan, LIC, NY Dec 12-March 12, 2013
A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer, Andrea Meislin Gallery, NYC Sept 6 – Oct 13
Life In Place, NewFilmmakers Series at Anthology Film Archives, curated by Lily White, Oct. 13
(TIME: MECHANISM) + WORK = AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT, live performance, curated by Kari Conte, ISCP, NY May 13
Many Conversations, curated by Peter Gynd at The Present Company, Brooklyn
British Council's Visiting Arts presentation, curated by Miriam Metliss, ICA London
ONOMONO, an experimental performance with live sound, curated by Maria Kucinski, Cristin Tierney gallery NY, Dec 17
17th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, selected by Solange Farkas, São Paulo, Brazil, Sept 30-Dec 10
The Coming Community, at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, curated by Yeala Hazut & Lee Weinberg
Physical Center, curated by Amanda Schmitt and Juliana Cerqueira Leiteat at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects, London
URBAN LEGEND, curated by Leonora Loeb, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn
Collage Logic, organized by Jackie Shatz and sponsored by Harvestworks, Governors Island May-Sept
HALF TAMED BEAST, live dance performance, commissioned by Artis with support from ZOOM contemporary art fair Miami Dec 1-5
MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY, solo project with Artis non-for-profit, at ZOOM, curated by Chen Tamir
PARLOUR NO. 17, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode
MEN DIE AND THEY ARE NOT HAPPY, 2 channel HD video installation, MFA thesis, Times Square Gallery, May 19-June 19
Site Unseen, Curated by Fabian G. Tabibian, Royal College of Art, London
Ghost Dance Machine, curated by Elisa Soliven, Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn
PARLOUR NO. 11, curated by Ciara Gilmartin and Leslie Rosa-Stumpf, Bushwich Cedar House
ARTWALK NY to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless
Orit Ben-Shitrit/Aleksandar Duravcevic/Dejan Kaludjerovic Anna Kustera Gallery, September 10-October 17
MAs Select MFAs, Organized by Joachim Pissarro, curated by Sascha Crasnow, Times Square Gallery
Collage Logic, Curated by Joel Carreiro, Storefront Artist Project — Pittsfield, Massachusetts
DisEchoNance curated with Jared C. Deery. Artists: Ensemble One, Lauren Luloff and Jeff Thompson, Times Square Gallery. A sound performance event.
TALENT PReVIEW '09, curated by Renee Vara, White Box
Cryptoreal - Art and Myth, curated by Darren Jones, Francis Lewis Gallery@St George's, Flushing, Queens
WET with Liz Magic Laser, Martin Murphy, Suko Presseau and Jeremy Willis at Chashama Midtown
ALL HALLOWS' EVEN, Curated by Emily E. Elsen, The Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn
ARTWALK,NY, a tribute to Robert Rauschenberg to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless, Metropolitan Pavilion
In Transition Russia 2008, National Centres of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg and Moscow, Russia
The Mirror Stage, Lanitis Foundation, Limassol, Cyprus + catalogue
Loyal Rooftops 2008, curated by Martin Dege, Galerie Loyal, Kassel, Germany
American Dreams, Pace University Digital Gallery, Curated by Jillian Mcdonald, New York
(PAM) at Scope New York curated by Yiannis Colakides and Helene Black
Digital Media 1.0 Festival, La Nau Universitat de Valencia, Curated by Jillian Mcdonald, Valencia, Spain
Around The Coyote/Looptopia Curated by Catherine Forster, Chicago
Loyal Rooftops 2007 curated by Martin Dege, Kassel, Germany
PIXILERATIONS [v.4]: Stories +/- Ornament, Providence, Rhode Island
The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, apexart with Courtney Tramposh and Raphael Taylor
Three-Minute Film Fest, Root Division, San Francisco
Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams, Celje, Slovenia
What War? Curated by Larry Litt and Eleanor Heartney, White Box, New York
Valentina's, Roebling Hall, organized by Guy Richards Smit
Groundswell Project Benefit at Exit Art
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.
Poles Apart Poles Together Parallel Project at the 51st Venice Biennale, homage to Leon Golub and Philip Pavia
Project Playdate with Jen Dunlap + Jess Ryan, curated by Amy Beecher, at Diamonds and Oranges Gallery, East Village
Groundswell Project Benefit at Artist's Space
Pixelgraphic (Solo) Reed Whipple Gallery, alternative space, city of LV
The Infinite Fill Show - organized by Cory+Jaime Archangel, Foxy Production
Selected Awards/Residencies/Visiting artist:
2012 New York Foundation For the Arts fellowship in Film/Video
2012 Ostrovsky Family Fund Grant Recipient
2012 Artis Grant Recipient
2012 Honorable mention, CDA-Projects Artistic Research and Production Grant, Istanbul; selcted by Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Pauline J. Yao and İz Öztat
2012 Award of merit, Lucerne International Film Festival
2012 Visiting artist, NYU Steinhardt Department of Art
2011 Visiting artist + workshop, University of Wisconsin—Madison
2010 Choreography intensive with Donna Uchizono at Movement Research
2010-2011 LMCC Swing Space Residency
2010 Tony Smith Award
2009 Two week workshop on the intersection between film and art with Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari
2008 Visiting Artist, Hunter College BFA
2013 EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) DANCE MOViES Commission
2012 Performance commission for (TIME: MECHANISM) + WORK = AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT at ISCP, NY
2011 Video commission for In Whole or in Part, a dance by Kate Corby at the University of Wisconsin—Madison
2010 Performance commission for Half Tamed Beast by Artis Contemporary at Zoom Miami
Kucinski, Maria. “The Brooklyn-Based Artist Explores The Balance of Power”, Papercut magazine, March 2013: p. 16-19.
Pearlman, Ellen. Revealing the Hidden Truths of the Financial World Through Art, hyperallergic, December 19, 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.
Farkas, Solange. "17th SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas" exhibition catalogue, September 2011.
Hazut, Yeala and Weinberg, Lee. "The Coming Community" exhibition catalogue, January 2011.
Burg, Avital. "Arresting Apology", Haaretz Daily Newspaper, Galleria, Deccember 2, 2010: P. 7.
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. Top 10 picks: May 2010.
Ben-Shitrit, Orit. INPUT journal, First Iteration, FRS, May 2009.
Warren, Fry. "DisEchoNance", The Brooklyn Rail, March 2009: p. 48.
Crasnow, Sascha. "MAs Select MFAs", exhibition catalogue, p. 17.
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: p. 36.
"Art with Heart" NY Daily News, March 9, 2005: 3 CN.
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.
MFA Hunter College NYC (2010)
BFA + AAS, FIT, NYC
Study abroad at the London College of Communication
Bezalel Art Academy Foundation Course, Jerusalem