Trees of memory: roots and runners. The exhibition by Olga Kisseleva

Trees of memory: roots and runners. The exhibition by Olga Kisseleva

Trees of memory: roots and runners. The exhibition by Olga Kisseleva

“TREES OF MEMORY: ROOTS AND RUNNERS. THE EXHIBITION”, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland 
 

The exhibition is dedicated to the Babyn Yar tragedy. It aims at elaborating current art practices of working through the traumatic past. At the end of September 1941, more than 33,000 Kyiv Jews were shot in Babyn Yar. The ravine became the site of a multi-layered tragedy, claiming the lives of Jews, Roma, prisoners of war, the mentally ill, and enemies of the Nazi regime. After World War II, trees rose silently on the slopes for decades. Covering the tragedy site, they seemed to heal the wounds inflicted on the world by humans.  

People cannot hear the “voices of trees,” but contemporary technologies aid us. The artist Olga Kisseleva, jointly with the engineer Christof Petio from The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the team of the Sorbonne University, scanned the electromagnetic pulses of the trees in Babyn Yar and created their graphic representation. In the 4-channel video installation, the visitor will see a visualisation of “voices” and the portraits of black poplar and maple. 

 On view Aug.13 – Sep.30, 2021, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art

https://www.pastfutureart.org/en/holocaust-memory

 

 

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