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DAAD gallery shows the latest work ‘ANATOMY‘ of the belgian artist Ana Torfs. The work developes around historical material of the trial following the murder of R.Luxemburg and K.Liebknecht:

In 2005 Ana Torfs researched the Military Archive on a trial held in May 1919, the “Case of the Murder of Dr. Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg before the Military Field Tribunal of the Cavalry Guard Rifle Division in the Main Courtroom at the Berlin Criminal Court”. Ana Torfs pinpointed selected statements from this trial to compose “A Tragedy in Two Acts,” the literary script for her project….

According to the artist’s words her pieces which many times get an initial impuls through historical events or texts, but never unfold solely around this topic. In the case of ‘ANATOMY’ its seems to be as well a search for forms of truth. But to understand this only as an interpretation of changing viewpoints – as one might be tempted, when looking at the striped bare material presented in the exhibition space – seems not appropriate for the effort taken and an eventual complexity one tries to grasp. It is for this helpful to read the artists interview (link here) to get a better understanding for what forms of expression she tries to achieve.

… That’s why I think my works are a lot less “about history”, than about language… A similar idea is found in a quote from Michel de Certeau’s “L’écriture de l’histoire” (The Writing of History, 1975): “Ce que nous appelons d’abord l’histoire
n’est qu’un récit.” (What we first call history is merely an account.) He means that history is never objective, the subject/author/speaker always resounds in the language. There is no such thing as a clear divide between the naked fact and the interpretation, or taking this a step further, fact and fiction. …. (read)

Despite my wishes (or the emerging desire when being in the show) for a further layer, of what she describes, to become visible as a translation within the staged installation – it is nevertheless an exhibition worth to see and getting into thoughts about IMO.

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