Holocaust Reloaded: Israeli Artists Deconstruct Trauma, History & Commemoration
UnionDocs (322 Union Ave., Brooklyn)
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How can a filmmaker or a video-art artist approach an historical catastrophe that had already been the subject of numerous works of art? How can one create a work that might shed a new light on a trauma that took place many decades ago? Is it acceptable to use humor, provocation and satire when dealing with such a sensitive topic which could not be detached from its political implications?
These questions has already shaped the contemporary discourse on artistic depictions of the Holocaust in the past few decades. This evening, however, will not deal directly with the genocide of approximately six million European Jews during World War II; Instead we will be looking at four recent works that try to invent new ways to deal with the historical specters of the Holocaust without reutilizing visual or thematic clichés. These provocative and often amusing works invite us to rethink the representation of national traumas and personal pain.