The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
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. 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, and their impact on conflicted beings trapped in bodies. Her recent works investigates the relationship between the State and the individual; control over natural resources, such as water; the unspoken ties between art and finance and a schizophrenic response to anxiety ridden cognitive capitalism.
Recent exhibitions include: MACRO Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma; El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe; the Herzliya Museum of Art; the Haifa Museum of Art; the Royal College of Art, London; Videobrasil in São Paulo; BIM Biennial of Moving Image, Buenos Aires; as well as in Austria, Germany, Finland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, the US and China. Ben-Shitrit is a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video, and now serves in the artist advisory committee. She teaches at the New School/Parsons.
SELECTED SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
24/7, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Experimental section
BIM – Biennial of Moving Image in Buenos Aires, Argentina
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
What War? White Box, New York
Valentina’s, Roebling Hall, New York
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
Pixelgraphic (Solo) Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Las Vegas
The Infinite Fill Show, Foxy Production, New York
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
Part-Time Lecturer, New School/Parsons
Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Residency
Visiting artist, Pratt Institute
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
Visiting artist + master class, University of Wisconsin-Madison
LMCC Swing Space Residency
Tony Smith Award
Workshop fellowship with Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari
Visiting Artist, Hunter College
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
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.
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