Michel Platnic is a Visual Artist and Artivist. His work unfolds through multiple media including photography, video, new media, performance, painting and the links that bring them closer together. Platnic has been creating illusionary worlds and letting the viewer become part of them. Immersion in these spaces is employed as a means of deconditioning. Observing and reenacting the rituals and symbols of power, Platnic tracks down the mechanisms that authority uses to submit, to condition and to create participants in its system. By laying out the conditions of aesthetic subversiveness (notably in his series of living paintings, with its formal work on the voluntary confusion of media), Platnic beckons us to take notice of the forces that tacitly and without our knowledge indenture us.
Born in France in 1970, he obtained a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1994. He obtained several patents and authored many publications when he worked as an Engineer for more than a decade. He moved to Israel at 28 and found his artistic voice in his new place of residence and went on to study theatre, performance, martial arts, and dance. Realizing his inclination towards the Fine Arts, Platnic graduated in 2010 with honors in Fine Arts from the Midrasha School of Art in Israel. That very year, he received the Shpilman Grant for Excellence in Photography and was selected by ST-ART, an incubator project for young artists. In 2017, Platnic completed the Art&Media “Meisterschüler” program of the Universität der Künste (post-M.A.) in Berlin.
Platnic’s works have been exhibited in galleries, institutions and museums across Israel and abroad. His solo exhibitions include the Multi-Media Art Museum, Moscow; Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai; Art Stage Art Fair, Singapore; Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv. His group exhibitions include Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, China; Gutman Museum, Tel-Aviv Museum in Tel Aviv; National Academy of Arts, Kiev; Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel and Gazelli Art House, London.
Numerous articles have been published on Platnic’s works, for example in The Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Russia, Artdaily, Asia, Ocula, Asia Pacific, Nylon Magazine, Art Times, United-States, Lifestyle Asia, Randian, China Art Times, China, Elephant Magazine, Phaidon, United Kingdom, Artribune, Artsblog, Italy, Art and Only, Switzerland, Haaretz – Galeria, Time-Out, Telavivian, Forbes, Calcalist, Ms. Use Magazine, A5 Magazine, i24News – Culture, Cable News Channel – Aroutz 98, Kol Israel Radio, Zman Avir – Channel1, Israel.
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