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Yael Bartana

AND EUROPE WILL BE STUNNED

22.1.2015 - 8.3.2015

A renewed opportunity to see Israeli artist Yael Bartana's three fascinating, provocative and visually stunning films. The Louisiana Museum was a co-producer on the film, subsequently acquiring the complete trilogy for the Collection.

With these three films, originally shown in Louisiana in the Spring of 2012 and now part of the Collection, Yael Bartana has staged a grand vision: the immigration of three million Jews into Poland. The artist (born 1970) describes a movement with a charismatic leader, a Jewish settlement in Poland and finally the funeral of the leader and the consolidation of the movement.

The works confront some of the most traumatic phenomena of the 20th century: ethnic cleansing, rabid nationalism, ideological insanity and the carefully orchestrated narrow-mindedness of collectivism – all in a filmic idiom whose visual rhetoric is partly drawn from the propaganda of Communism and Nazism.

And Europe Will Be Stunned is acquired with funding from Nørgaard på Strøget

YAEL BARTANA ON
THE GHOSTS OF HISTORY

In this conversation withLouisiana Channel the artist Yael Bartana talks of her Polish trilogy. "The sense of community is so strong, that people will die for their nation" the artist says stating that it is only when stepping outside the system, one is able to realize the manipulation one has been through.  

SHORT ON THE TRILOGY

And Europe Will Be Stunned  consists of three films with a total duration of 66 minutes.

1) Mary Koszmary (Nightmare) from 2007, revolving around a speaker who pleas for 3.3 million Jews to return to Poland to release the country from its historical nightmare.

2) Mur i Wieża (Wall and Tower) from 2009, where a collective of immigrant ‘returned’ Israeli Jews build the first kibbutz in Warsaw where once the Jewish Muranóv-ghetto was situated.

3) Zamach (Assassination) from 2011, featuring the grande funeral of Sławek, the leader whose ‘Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland’ has gained strength in the interval.