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Die Geschichte einer Frau [aus dem Archiv]

 Sound Installation | 2020

Die Geschichte einer Frau [aus dem Archiv] is the first work from The Archive of the Self-Exilers, an on-going project based on interviews conducted with Jewish Israeli women artists who chose self-exile as a political statement, as an oppositional stance to one’s government’s policies, as an act of resistance to the narratives they were raised upon.

In a monologue, told in the German language, a woman reveals her story; a story that can be perceived as both German and Israeli at the same time. While the speaker’s identity is not clear, two "Geschichten" (Stories/Histories) can be recognized or imagined. These "Geschichten" do not only tell about the past but also reflect on the present time both in Israel/Palestine and Germany.

The title Die Geschichte einer Frau [aus dem Archiv] can be seen as a paraphrase on the title Geschichte eines Deutschen: Die Erinnerungen 1914–1933 ("The Story of a German/Memoirs 1914-1933"), a book written by Sebastian Haffner.

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