Keren Cytter

Keren Cytter (born 1977 in Tel Aviv, lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin) is an Israeli visual artist and filmaker.
Her topics often include love stories, violence, sex and murder. She applies a non-linear narrative, the stories often shot with a hand-held camera. The actors—amateurs and friends of the artist, but more recently professional actors—switch roles with each other, or read their stage directions out loud. Scenes are repeated, but with a different course of events, with voiceovers or alternative dialogues. The films are usually set in simply-furnished apartments, especially the kitchen regions, suggesting a connection to kitchen sink realism. The literary tone of the dialogue, however, is far from realistic. “Instead the films are deliberate hybrids between seemingly incompatible genres, between home videos and auteur films in the spirit of the French nouvelle vague, between Dogme and docu-soap or sitcom. But her films are above all existential dramas about the human condition, about love and hate in our thoroughly medialised age" (Magnus af Petersens).
Keren Cytter has rapidly established herself internationally as one of the most interesting and unique artists on the contemporary art scene. At the mere age of 33, in the last years she has produced more than 50 video works, written three novels and an opera libretto, started the dance and theatre company D.I.E. Now, won awards and is the darling of the art press. Her critically acclaimed film works and drawings have been exhibited in leading institutions throughout Europe and North America, including the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), the Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York). She has also participated in prestigious international exhibitions such as the 9e Biennale de Lyon, Manifesta 7 (Trento), the Yokohama Triennale of 2008, and the Venice Biennale 2009.

See also Keren Cytter & Antonio Grulli; Keren Cytter & Nora Schultz; Poetic Series (edited by Keren Cytter).
Keren Cytter - The Brutal Turtle
English edition
Centre d'édition contemporaine
Second in a trilogy of children's books, The Brutal Turtle tells the story of a Turtle wandering in the desert, trying to reach the animal farm. Facing cruel obstacles during his journey, he becomes angry and terrorizes the farm's people once he arrives at the farm. A tale on power's relativity, hate, violence, and on the importance to be nice.
Keren Cytter - The Furious Hamster
English edition
Centre d'édition contemporaine
The last in a trilogy of children's books, this publication tells the story of a hamster stuck between the pages of a book. Wishing to escape to discover the animal farm, he will find the help of his own fleas. A story about caring and learning, by artist Keren Cytter.
Keren Cytter - A-Z Life Coaching
English edition
Sternberg Press - Fiction
The new novel by Keren Cytter: an incomplete guide for life.
Keren Cytter - Peep-Hole Sheet - A Drivel
English edition
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
A drivel is a short story wrote by Keren Cytter in a style reminiscent of Witold Gombrowicz, though its meaning gets lost in the continuous intertwining of characters, their stories and their memories.
Keren Cytter - D.I.E. Now - The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content
English edition
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
Keren Cytter's choreographic performance.
Keren Cytter - Four Seasons / Nightmare
bilingual edition (English / French)
Le Plateau / Frac Île-de-France
Monograph based on two films by Keren Cytter.
Keren Cytter -
bilinguale edition (English / Swedish)
Sternberg Press - Fiction
Six Keren Cytter's scripts for films.
Keren Cytter - The seven most exciting hours of Mr. Trier\'s life in twenty-four chapters
English edition
Sternberg Press - Fiction
An adventure novel by Keren Cytter, based on a true story told in a televised interview by the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier
Keren Cytter - The Man Who Climbed Up the Stairs of Life and Found Out They Were Cinema Seats
English edition
Sternberg Press - Fiction
out of stock
Written in seven chapters and seven styles, this book constitutes the first novel by the Israeli artist and filmmaker Keren Cytter.

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