Selected Works

Michel Platnic was born in France in 1970, moved to Tel-Aviv in 1998. Since 2014, he lives and works between Tel-Aviv and Berlin.

Michel Platnic 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 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.