Production Still from Bartana’s film Assassination, which imagines a Jewish leader’s assassination in Poland. Photo by Marcin Kalinski
In this year’s Biennale of Art in Venice, Poland is represented by Israeli Artist Yael Bartana. Her project grew from the idea of re-birth of Jewish nation in Land of Vistual River [i.e., Poland]
From an art publication‘s description of Bartana’s imaginary work:
‘We long to write new pages into a history that never quite took the course we wanted.’
So reads part of the manifesto of the [fictional] Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland that could be collected from the Polish pavilion in Venice this year. The three [Bartana’ films that form the main content of the pavilion chart the rise of this organisation (in Mary Kozsmary, 2007), the successful establishment of its followers (in Mur I Weizar, 2009) and the assassination of its leader Slawomir Sierakowski (in Zamach, 2011).
The manifesto and the first film in the trilogy are expressions of the Zionist hope for Jews to return to their homeland (i.e. Israel), but transposed to Poland. In Mary Kozsmary the young Polish activist Slawomir Sierakowski calls for the three million Jews who left Poland as a result of WWII to re-settle in his country. One culture, one religion is no longer enough for the country they left, and only a repopulation will resolve the atrocities committed in the past.
( h/t to dumvitaestspesest)