Rotem Rozental, Ph.D, is a photo-historian, curator and writer residing in Los Angeles with her family. Rotem Rozental empowers and mentors artists worldwide. Her work with creatives is driven by her scholarly research and writings about cultural technologies, institutional archives and civic identities.
Between 2016-2022, she served as Chief Curator and Senior Director of Arts and Creative Programming at American Jewish University, where she was also Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center for Continuing Education and the Director of The Institute for Jewish Creativity. At AJU, Rotem built a network of Jewish artists, organized solo and group exhibitions for local and international Jewish artists, mentored artists at all stages of their career, built a cohesive portfolio for visual and performing artists, including a vibrant program for fine art studies, and had a key role in programming and implementing over 300 virtual events during COVID, which had over 100,000 registrations worldwide.
Rotem is faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, where she teaches seminars about photo-theory, archives and visual culture.
Her book, Pre State Photographic Archives and the Zionist Movement, is forthcoming with Routledge Publishing. In 2019, she completed her Dissertation research under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg at the Art History Department of Binghamton University. Rotem also served as the Dr. Sophie Bookhalter Research Fellow in Jewish Culture at the Center for Jewish History. Her academic research has inspired various projects, among them the exhibition Dead Lands: Karkaot Mawat, winner of the NurtureART curatorial call (April-May 2016), and the essay, “Under Dor Guez’s Bed: Scenes from the Christian Palestinian Archive,” published in Photographies 9.1 (Spring 2016). Rotem is an alumni and network member of Independent Curators International. In collaboration with the ICI, she served as Curator Mentor for the Liverpool Biennial’s Associate Artists Program.
Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer and organizer for international publications, as well as cultural non-profits and organizations. Her writings and scholarly texts appeared in publications such as Artforum.com, Philosophy of Photography Tablet.com and The Forward.
International curatorial projects include Launch Sites L.A.: Ezra Orion Revisited (in collaboration with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, L.A., 2017), Broken Cisterns: Eliyahu Fatal (Eli Petel) (co-curated with Leah Abir, L.A., 2018), We – Festi-Conference for Creative Collectives (2012-2013, Jerusalem), Three Cities Against the Wall (New York, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, 2005), and the collaborative ongoing archival project Outlet: The Archive of the Israeli Trade Center (Israel/Upstate NY), in which she and her partner, Roy Regev, documented commercial spaces that defined financial and social engagement in Israel’s peripheral towns. The observations obtained for the archive by various media were shown publicly for the first time in the exhibition Outlet: Part I, shown at the Station923 Gallery in Ithaca (NY, 2014). More recently, she curated the exhibition A Legacy of Loss: There Were No Roses There by Jenny Yurshansky and the virtual exhibitions Dana Arieli: The Zionist Phantom, and The Orientalist, organized by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.