An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness: Three Films by Dani Gal, 2021
Night and Fog (2011)
As from Afar (2013)
White City (2018)
“Dani Gal’s films occupy a borderland where fiction and historical reconstruction mingle and where the past bears disturbing messages for the present. Focused on a series of events unfolding at the margins of our usual narratives of the Holocaust, Gal’s work challenges what we thought we know about the genocide and its legacies. In the gray zones Gal reconstructs, we find unexpected exchanges between victims and perpetrators and between the histories of Europe and Israel/Palestine. This book offers a rich and powerful introduction to Dani Gal’s uncanny and unsettling vision.”
– Michael Rothberg, Author of ‘The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators’ (2019) & ‘Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization’ (2009)
The publication contextualises Gal’s film trilogy within the fields of memory politics, remembrance culture, Holocaust studies, decolonialism as well as film and art history.
With written contributions by Sa’ed Atshan, Noit Banai, Sabeth Buchmann, Burcu Dogramaci, and Dani Gal, the texts revolve around ethical, moral, historical and aesthetic dilemmas. Accompanied by visual and literary materials from Gal’s extensive research practice, the publication raises questions about cinema as an instrument for the production and reproduction of the real: dialogic versus fixed notions of history, unsettling empathy, historical trauma and the possibility of forgiveness in the context of German, Jewish and Palestinian histories.
Produced with generous support from the Bundeskanzleramt, Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Nationalfonds and Zukunftsfonds.
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Publisher: Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH, 2018
260 pages, 450 colour ills
Contributor: Markus Gammel
The book Historical Records documents commercially released vinyl records of political events of the twentieth century. The book contains 450 reproductions of LP covers from 50 countries. The recordings are of speeches and interviews of those who were in power, others who objected to this power, of war and peace agreements, human rights struggles, and other radio broadcasts of the events that shaped history from the invention of the phonograph to the fall of the Berlin wall. The project examines how recorded political events turned into a commodity, and what role sound documentation has in the interplay between personal and collective/national memory.
Chanting Down Babylon — Recorded Accounts of EL AL FLIGHT 1862. Amsterdam, October 4, 1992
Publisher: argobooks and Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany, 2009
175 pages, 16cm × 24cm
Contributors: Eva Birkenstock, Hannes Loichinger
In 1992, shortly after its take-off from Schiphol Airport, a freight plane owned by the Israeli company El Al crashed into a residential complex in Bijlmermeer, Amsterdam. Dani Gal (*1975) visited the occupants of the Bijlmermeer district and journalist Vincent Dekker for the purpose of entering into a dialogue with them about the plane crash and reassembled everyday life in the reconstructed building. Based on comprehensive research, following the atmospheres and worlds of subjective memories and experiences, the artist‘s book gives an overview of various occurrences and stories woven into a complex structure of abstract and formal connections.
Punlisher: The Deutsche Guggenheim (Editions), 2008
957 pages, Size: 13,4 x 21,4 x 3,3 cm.
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