The following interview text is drawn from numerous conversations that the art historian Sabeth Buchmann held between August and December 2020 with the artist Dani Gal, during which they discussed his film trilogy Night and Fog (2011), As From Afar (2013), and White City (2018). The focus of these conversations lay on the cinematographic engagement with the politics of history, the ethics, and the artistic/aesthetic dilemma underlying the current debates on the location of the Holocaust in the context of colonialism and its appertaining genocides. On the basis of artistic and scholarly research and inspired by the concepts of “multidirectional memory”, “unsettling empathy”, and integrative trauma research, the interview explores Gal’s programmatically speculative (re-)enactments of historical victim/perpetrator relationships with regard to both historical and present iterations of antisemitism, Islamophobia, and racism. Revealing a pluralistic and contradictory web of German, Jewish, and Palestinian (hi)stories, the interview ultimately demonstrates the specific contribution made by art to a multiperspectival reconception of cultural thought.
Sabeth Buchmann, A Conversation, in: Vol 8 No 1 (2021): S:I.M.O.N. SHOAH: INTERVENTION. METHODS. DOCUMENTATION., 114-137. DOI: https://doi.org/10.23777/SN.0121/EVE_DGAL01