And Europe Will Be Stunned

The appointmemt of the Israeli artist Yael Bartana as curator of the Polish pavilion at the Venice biennale seemed to fit the title of the trilogy she was exhibiting: “And Europe will be stunned”. Yael Bartana is not the first non-Polish artist to have represented Poland at the Biennale. This time however the topic of the work is unusually controversial. The trilogy deals in complex ways with questions of “homeland”, “belonging” and “return” in connection with the Shoah. A fictive “Jewish Renaissance movement” allows the “return” of the (murdered) polish Jews to Poland … and Europe will be stunned! The artist thereby makes ironic use of the formal and figurative language of nationalism and the Israeli-Zionist narrative.

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