The core interest of Dani Gal’s work is memory, recollection, recording and the methodology of writing history. He takes historical events as his point of departure, examining their forms of representation within the ‘official’ version of history. His research results in sound, film and slide installations, collaborations and performance.
Dani Gal presents:
Wie aus der Ferne (As From Afar), 2013, 26:49 min
The complex friendship between Simon Wiesenthal the so called “Nazi hunter” and Albert Speer, the third Reich’s chief architect and close confidant reenacted through a lens of a short text by Ludwig Wittgenstein about memory images. The film looks at the process of creating images of memory and history through filmmaking.
Wie aus der Ferne will be accompanied by the live performance of the conductor and pianist Andreas Schulz. Born in 1982 in Alma Ata (Kazakhstan), he came to Germany at younger ages, he received as an already excellent musician a scholarship of the International Musicacademy for Sponsorship of High Flyer in Germany. He studied piano at the “Hanns Eisler” College of Music in Berlin under the tutelage of Professor Galina Ivantsova. He received his diploma in 2009. Directly after the diploma he received his training as orchestra conductor under General Music Director Georg Christoph Sandmann. Andreas Schulz was the founder of the Youth Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and is its chief conductor.
A Woman of Valor: an Interview with Hedy Epstein, 2015, 42:00 min
Dani Gal met Hedy Epstein during her visit to South Germany where she returned to her village and stayed for two nights in the house she was displaced from as a Jewish child in 1939. In the interview, Epstein is talking about her childhood in Nazi Germany, returning to Germany after the war, the Palestinians right of return, her attempts to enter the Gaza strip, her activities in the West bank, Hungar strike and more.
Dani Gal (b. 1975 in Jerusalem, Israel) is a video artist who lives and works in Berlin. Gal’s exhibitions include 54. Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2011); 6 Conversation Pieces and A Didactic Poem, COCO, Vienna (2011); Tracing Shadows in the Dark, Holy Trinity Church, London (2011); Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin (2011); Dani Gal / Patricia Dauder, Galerie Kadel Wilborn, Karlsruhe (2010); Chanting Down Babylon, w139 Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2010); Dumitrescu‘s Dream, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin (2010); The Street As Studio- from Basquiat to Banksy, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2010); Indefinite Destinations, DEPOT, Istanbul and The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Sofia (2010); Try Different Keywords, Galeria Estrany- de la Mota, Barcelona (2010);History / Ars Viva Prize, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Migros Museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2010); All the Memory of the World, GAM- Galleria Civica d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin (2010);
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