Longing for Belonging. The Artistry of b.h. Yael

by Connie Crane


Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film and VideoMar. 102010pp. 36-37

Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010

Richard Fung discusses the video work of b.h.Yael in Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/ Video, which "denaturalizes boundaries and borders by excavating their origins in power, interrogating their philosophical underpinnings, probing their role in human and natural devastation, and dying the mistrust and sometimes violence engendered in their creation. Each video has a focus, (apocalyptic culture, Israel/Palestine conflict, the Summit of the Americas), but each are linked by a "profound engagement with the land". In a moralistic tone, Fung ends the article in saying each video impresses upon the viewer to appreciate the materiality of the land, beyond real estate or territory.

Art EducationMar. 2008v. 61no. 2pp. 18-24

The author examines the phenomenon of the video essay as a genre which rests somewhere between documentary and video art, as well as its inherent self-reflexivity, which makes it a more social, political and pedagogical medium.

Keywords: memory, narration, visual culture, Palestine.

Jewish TribuneApr. 112008

A short article on B.H. Yael's Trading the Future which ran at the 21st Image Festival. The Israeli born - Toronto based video artist investigates in her new work the relationship between God and environmental issues. The film draws parallels between the religious and the secular regarding issues of death, human comodification and politics. Ultimately, the film questions how one should and could have a quality relationship with the environment.

SceneandHeard.caApr. 72008v. 8no. 2p. 1

Two reviews from Sceneandheard.ca which take a look at movies (The Lollipop Generation and Trading the Future) that involve the topic of apocalypse. Both films were featured in the 21st annual Images festival and are made by Canadian film makers.

The first part of the article discusses the film, 'The Lollipop Generation' by G.B. Jones and is described as being a "rollercoaster of a road trip" as it follows a young girl running away from home.

The second part of the article reviews B.H. Yael's film, 'Trading the Future' which describes her upbringing, proposes questions regarding a supposed 'rapture' within our society, and how these have shaped the world we live in.

Fresh Blood: A Consideration of Belonging.

Review by Sandra Haar

The Toronto StarJan. 151991

A review of the film Is Dad Dead Yet by b.h. Yael. The article also touches on tendencies in feminist humour.

Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/VideoMar. 2010pp. 40-47

Hamilton: McMaster Museum of Art, 2010

Patricia Zimmerman writes an artful review of Fierce: Women's Hot Blooded Film/Video, featuring Dana Claxton, Maureen Bradley, Allyson Mitchell, and b.h.Yael. Zimmerman identifies a commonality binding the artists work in this cohesive exhibition, extending beyond gender. Coming from the legacy of feminist media practices, yet moving beyond identity politics in to media work that is more relational, the exhibition successfully creates flexible environments across genres. Common threads running through the exhibition are 'poly phonics" (music), topics of micro-territories (queer identity, childhood memory, Israel/Palestine conflict), and "ardent space" (converting a linear forward drive of the temporal in to an open horizontal space). "In Fierce, media work blends discourses, practices, and spectators, enfolding the polarizations, oppositions, and contradictions of earlier feminist works".

"Imperfect Homecomings": Exile, Feminist Video and the Lure of the Maternal

by Marilyn Burgess

The National PostMar. 292008

An online National Post article runs down the top five not to be missed cultural events of the week. Listed at number two is the 21st Images Festival which is described as an unparalleled celebration of short filmmakers, video artists and all sorts of celluloid experimenters. Artists featured at this year's festival include; Nelson Henricks, Charles Atlas, Barbara Sternberg and b.h. Yael.

Feminist Media Studies JournalMar. 2008v. 6no. 1p. 19

In Janice Hladki's article, Strategic Approximation, she puts into review two collaborative videographic works by Toronto based Female artists: B.H. Yael and Johanna Householder. The works described by Hladki are re-creation's of two, infamous, Hollywood films (Apocalypse Now and 2001 Space Odyssey). Hladki goes on to describe the two feminist artists works, which she claims "provoke and trouble the social, spatial, political, and identity narratives of the scenes in said classic movies."

The review also details the approaches each artist made in their collaborative efforts and describes the technical aspects each artists specialize in, as well as their intentions in remaking the scenes from each film.

Sketch Magazine, 2006

Half EmptyFeb. 2005no. 3p. 36

This article offers a description of Vtape's Curatorial Incubator program, particularly its second one. A brief survey and synopsis for each of the six videos are written.

NowSept. 191996v. 16no. 3p. 91

b.h. Yael talks in depth about her video Fresh Blood in which she journeys with her mother and sister, seeking out the meaning of female and family identities. yael addresses how the piece fits into her larger body of work, many of its conceptual underpinnings, and the shooting process.

The Toronto StarSept. 191996

Goddard's article focuses on the identity politics at the heart of b.h Yael's Fresh Blood.

Spontaneous Combustion

by Jennifer Rudder

Fuse Magazine, 1994

Now Magazine, Dec 9, 1993

Spontaneous Combustion: Barbara Balfour, Michael Buchanan, Panya Clark, Bill Crane, Caroline Langill, Francis LeBouthillier, Gwen MacGregor, John McLachlin, Tony Tavares, Greg Woodbury and B.H. Yael.

Spontaneous Combustion filling up empty office space

by Deirdre Hanna

Combustion stokes artistic fires

by Donna Lypchuk

Metropolis, Nov 9, 1989

Xtra!Dec. 51996no. 316p. 35

With East of Here, 42 artists wrestle with Western perceptions of colonialism and post-colonial Arab identity through installations, video, film, photography and text.

ScreenSummer 1993v. 34no. 2pp. 109-123

This article explores mother-daughter relationships in various video works. A voluminous body of women's narratives, in this instance considered from within feminist video production, have given voice over the past two decades to the story of daughters uncomfortably bound to the psychic, symbolic, and historical legacy of mothers.

Desiring Daughters

by Renee Baert