The exhibition is the final product of a long period of research and creation, during which Zack plunged into the depths of personal and collective memory and developed a language that fuses art and cinema, past and present, reality and discussion.
Zack views the artist’s work as a tool that enables the processing of Holocaust remembrance and trauma, via the reconstruction of past reality in a process that mixes fantasy with interpretation. The ensemble of her work deals with forgetfulness, the fragility of facts and the ease of denial. This is particularly pertinent in light of the 21st century when witnesses to the Holocaust are disappearing and technologies in virtual spaces are taking the place of reality.
The exhibition displays, for the first time in its entirety, her trilogy of award-winning films: Mother Economy, Black and White Rule, and Counterlight (whose world premiere will be screened at the exhibition). The films feature female figures – researchers/scientists/artists – who attempt to treat the fragments of the past and develop new forms of memorization while occupying themselves, in an obsessive and absurd manner, with objects, documents and traces. The roots of the exhibition and the films are grounded in the poems of Paul Celan (1920-1970), one of the most important poets of the modern era.
Maya Zack’s exhibition display will be open from April 20th 2016 until August 20th 2016
Curator: Nili Goren
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Hall – Main Building
By Deborah Moher