Journal, 2013

 

 

 

Journal

 

HD video, color, 16:9, stereo sound, BE, 2013, 16" / Multi-channel video installation, stereo sound, BE, 2013, 16"

 

Cinematography Mathias Windelberg

Sound Laszlo Umbreit

Produced by Argos, Centre for Art and Media, Brussels.

With the support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie; Beursschouwburg and Atelier Graphoui.

 

 

Journal, in its installation version, shows five one-shots (one take in the single-screen version), which follow the same parcours in a closed off exhibition of photographs in Wiels, Brussels. The selection of photographs, taken from the archive of photojournalist André Brutmann, present international official visitors to the Holocaust Memorial Museum “Yad Va-Shem” in Jerusalem, throughout two decades. The visitors – politicians and football players – are documented in front of a well-known image taken from the liberated Nazi Concentration Camp Buchenwald, Germany, in April 1945. This image, together with other Liberation Photographs taken by the Allied Forces at the end of 2nd World War, were the first to be published from the front, shaping the role of photography as a participant in the writing of history. This Buchenwald photograph is installed in Yad Va-Shem behind a white barbwire fence, which in time rusts. The fence illustrates the relations between preservation and stagnation. By introducing yet another cameraman and a lens through which the photographs-within-a-photograph are viewed, Journal asks to reflect upon the reading of images in view of history, in parallel to the politics of ‘institutional hospitality’.