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an ideal silence... / Video and performance in collaboration with Tara Ernst / 2009

“Shoa” (1985) is a documentary film by Claude Lanzmann. The nine-hours long film is a collection of interviews with former concentration camp survivors, perpetrators, and eyewitnesses. With strong reduction and the removal of most of the content, Tara Ernst and I wrote a poem based on the interviews, and combined it with the images of places shown in the documentary. As artists, we take the position of returning to the past and trying to reach feelings about incomprehensible actions.