30 November 2013 – 5 May 2014

Location: Kunsthaus Dresden

Exhibition

Vot ken you mach? – Kunst, Filme, Konzerte, Lesungen, Gespräche, Comics zu jüdischen Identitäten in Europa heute

Yael Bartana (Amsterdam / Tel Aviv / Berlin), Amit Epstein (Berlin), Karolina Freino (Wroclaw) mit James Muriuki (Nairobi), Eduard Freidmann (Vienna), Rafał Jakubowicz (Poznan), Sharone Lifschitz (London), Nikola Radić Lucati (Tel Aviv / Belgrade), Tamara Moyzes (Prague), Ruth Novaczek (London), Krystyna Piotrowska (Warsaw), Barak Reiser (Frankfurt a. M.), Eran Schaerf (Berlin), Anna Schapiro (Dresden), Tal Sterngast (Berlin), Maya Schweizer (Berlin / Rome), Tehnica Schweiz – Gergely László & Péter Rákosi (Berlin / Budapest), Shira Wachsmann (Berlin), Arye Wachsmuth (Vienna), Claire Waffel (Berlin)

Curatorial Team: Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, Dorota Monkiewicz, Valentina Marcenaro, Rafal Jakubowicz

The Kunsthaus Dresden and its partners in Wrocław, Malmö and Dresden are delighted to open the exhibition and event series Vot ken you mach? dedicated to Jewish identities in present-day Europe. The Jewish-Russian composer Aaron Lebedeff posed this question in New York in the 1920s. In the project named after his song, a large variety of artistic answers are given almost one hundred years later. At the time, the song written in Anglicized Yiddish gave a linguistic form to the observation that identities are in a state of flux between different descents, the past and the future, thus corresponding with our present-day notion of identity as a constellation of potentialities. Vot ken you mach? presents works in diverse media by young contemporary artists in Europe on the history and present of Jewish identity. The artists of the show examine historical constellations of lively experience and identity, constructing conditions that enable treating individuality and history in an open way. What they have in common in the third generation after the Shoah is their concern to depart from established patterns between inhibition, compensation and trauma and by means of formal artistic decisions and the reflection on images. point ways to future forms of identity Vot ken you mach? Concerts, films, talks, performances and further exhibitions offer insights into questions related to art and (Jewish) identity: The thematic focuses include strategies of identity shifts in pop culture, new scenes of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe, family secrets and the silence between generations, remembrance as obligation, the unwritten cultural history of Jewish revenge and the search for a ‘normal’ Jewish everyday life.

In co-operation with the MWW – Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław, the Jewish Community in Dresden and
the Malmö Konstmuseum

Further partners: Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Kulturzentrum Scheune e.V., HATiKVA e.V.,
Institut français Dresden, Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, S T O R E

Funded by the
German Federal Cultural Foundation and the
Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung together with the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

 

    Maya Schweizer, ›I, an archeologist‹, 2013, Videostill
    Ruth Novaczek: Still from ›Radio‹, 2004-2011
    Sharone Lifschitz: ›Speaking Germany‹, since 2008, Exhibition view, Photo: David Brandt
    Amit Epstein, Videostill from the Trilogy: ›Stockholm Syndrom‹, D/IL, ® Amit Epstein 2010 photo Avi Levin
    Nikola Radić Lucati and Rafał Jakubowicz: ›Das Seine - Forschungsprojekt‹, 2011, Exhibition view, Photo: David Brandt
    Front: Claire Waffel: ›Interior Curtain‹, 2013, back: Anna Schapiro: ›Vier Verwandte‹, 2013, Exhibition view, Photo: David Brandt
    Eran Schaerf incollaboration wth Ofri Lapid: ›Doing Synagoga‹, 2013, Exhibition view, Photo: David Brandt
    Left: Tehnica Schweiz - Gergely László & Péter Rákosi: ›The Idol of Denial‹, 2013, right: Claire Waffel: ›Die Rede‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Claire Waffel: ›Interior Curtain‹, 2013 and ›Die Rede‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Right: Amit Epstein: ›Stockholm Syndrom‹, 2007-2010 and left: Anna Schapiro ›Vier Verwandte‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Tal Sterngast: ›Let's Talk About Children‹, 2007, Photo: David Brandt
    Tal Sterngast: ›Let's Talk About Children‹, 2007, Photo: David Brandt
    Arye Wachsmuth: ›Shever‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Arye Wachsmuth: ›Shever‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Arye Wachsmuth: ›Shlavim‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Nikola Radić Lucati: ›The fever (numismatic value)‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Arye Wachsmuth: ›Shlavim‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Tamara Moyzes: ›Prague 7‹, 2012, Installation view, Photo: David Brandt
    Shira Wachsmann: ›Kohle‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Barak Reiser: ›Tzel‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Works of Krystyna Piotrowska, Photo: David Brandt
    Eduard Freidmann: ›The White Elephant Archive. Setting No. 2‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Eduard Freidmann: ›The White Elephant Archive. Setting No. 2‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Eduard Freidmann: ›The White Elephant Archive. Setting No. 2‹, 2013, Photo: David Brandt
    Entartete Kunst Lebt (Degenerate Art Lives), 2010, Film- and soundinstallation (16mm, 5 min. Loop) Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
    Karolina Freino and James Muriuki: ›Kenyan Pyramids‹, 2011, Exhibition view, Photo: David Brandt