Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Yaël Bartana’s Polish trilogy
Lying in state: the ‘leader’, (Slawomir Sierakowski) is dead in Assassination, the third part of Yael Bartana’s Polish trilogy. Photograph: Yael Bartana/Marcin Kalinski
With the presence of Yael Bartana (artist)
Yael Bartana – … and Europe will be Stunned
Screening of the trilogy … and Europe will be Stunned
made up of three films, Mary Koszmary (2007), Mur i wieża (2009), Zamach (2011) which reports on another (more fictional) part of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP) project.
The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a movement initiated and developed over the past few years by Israeli artist Yael Bartana, is based on the unlikely project of bringing Polish Jews back to Poland from Israel.
In the midst of debates on the worrying persistence of Polish anti-Semitism, following the genocide of three million Jews during the Holocaust, the Movement could be seen as a form of “historical reparation”, restoring a Jewish presence to the heart of the country, thus completing a real de-anti-Semitization of contemporary Poland, in the image of the denazification process that took place in Germany in the 1970s. “May the three million Jews who are missing in Poland come to his bedside and finally dispel his nightmares. Go back to Poland. To your country and ours. […] “
Born in Israel in 1970, Yael Bartana is a visual artist, video maker and photographer who observes and deconstructs nationalist discourse and propaganda in the Middle East. The artist blurs the boundaries between fiction and reality, hope and fear, past and present. Her works evoke various episodes in the political history of Israel, Poland’s Jews, and migration and assimilation in general, blending historical backgrounds, current political events and utopian fictions. In 2011, Yael Bartana represented Poland at the Venice Biennale.
Curated by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
This evening is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute of Paris