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Roee Rosen

Kafka for Kids



For his solo exhibition at 1646, artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen (b. 1963) shows his newest film Kafka for Kids, which is complemented by his 2017 film The Dust Channel. Rosen’s practice deals with and questions the normative implications that come with desire and structural violence. But he does so through humor and poetic surprises.

The film Kafka for Kids, which was first shown before the jury of the IFFR Tiger Competition, takes the shape of a musical pilot episode of a television series that aims to make Kafka’s tales palpable for toddlers. With these stories’ protagonists including Franz Kafka’s vermin called Samsa, a toy orchestra and The Bearer of Bad News, the film shows the complex and troubling ways of growing up under military law in occupied territories. Certain questions arise on both an emotional and imaginary level, as well as on a legal and political one. What is a child? Until when does a child remain a child?

Rosen’s film will be shown during his solo exhibition Kafka for Kids and The Dust Channel at 1646 from February 11th until March 27th.


About Roee Rosen: Roee (b. 1963) is an Israeli-American artist, filmmaker and writer, whose work deals primarily with the representation of desire and structural violence. He is known for his multilayered and provocative work which often challenges the divides between history and the present, documentary and fiction, politics and erotics. Using a vast array of fictional characters and iconographic motifs and codes, the artist refers to, and transforms, not only the canon of the historical avant-garde, but also popular media, political propaganda, and classic children’s fairy tales.
  • Rosen’s works were exhibited at the Venice Film Festival (2011), Documenta 14 (2016), the Oberhausen Film Festival (2012), La Roche sur Yon festival (2013), and FICUNAM festival, Mexico City (2018), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018), the Arts Project Centre, Dublin (2019), and Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2019). His movie Kafka for Kids was selected for the tiger competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2022), and he’s exhibiting at the Kunstmuseum Luzern the coming year. Rosen was the recipient of the Orizzonti award for best medium-length film (2011); special mention at the Rome International Film Festival (2013); Best film award at Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (2014) and was nominated for the European Academy award (2011), amongst being recipient and nominee for multiple other awards. Rosen’s two latest books were published by Sternberg Press, and he’s currently working on a book which is partly published by Steirischer Herbst. He’s a professor at Ha’Midrasha Faculty of Arts at the Beit Berl College and Bezalel Art Academy of Arts and Design in Israel.


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