Orit Ben Shitrit

Film Department Chair

Working with photography, film, video and choreography, Orit Ben Shitrit utilizes movement and bodies to implicate the powers that be, their mechanisms of domination, and their effect—the potential for violence.

She has recently shown at MACRO Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma; Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Haifa Museum of Art; Biennial of Moving Image (BIM) at Museum MUNTREF, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires; the Royal College of Art, London; Anna Kustera Gallery and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York; Mana Contemporary, Miami; Videobrasil in São Paulo (2011, 2013); The 3CL, Luxembourg; as well as in Austria, China, Germany, Finland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and the US.

Ben-Shitrit is a recipient of awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant (2016) Tony Smith award, Ostrovsky Family Fund (2012, 2015) Artis Contemporary (2012). Her work is included in private collections, as well as in the public collections of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C., and Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) Luxembourg. Recent commissions include HALF TAMED BEAST by Artis at Zoom contemporary art from the Middle East in 2010, a performance commission for ISCP, NY in 2012, and a film commission by Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in 2013-2015. Ben-Shitrit is a recent Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident, and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2010. Since then, she has taught art, photography and video at the New School/Parsons and California College of the Arts. Orit is based in Brooklyn and San Francisco.


MFA, Hunter College, 2010

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