Esther Shalev-Gerz, Between Listening and Telling: Last Witnesses, Auschwitz, 1945-2005, 2005
Installation view at Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, 2012
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Nora Rapp
$1,000 for the winning entry. Every undergraduate student at UBC is invited to participate in an essay contest considering the relationship between history and memory.
The exhibition Esther Shalev-Gerz poses the questions, you provide the answers.
How do we locate ourselves in relation to history? How do we participate in its retelling? The retrospective exhibition Esther Shalev-Gerz illustrates the artist’s career-long investigation of significant historical moments as told and experienced by individuals. For example, Shalev-Gerz’s artwork Between Listening and Telling: Last Witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005 (2005) features the wordless moments of recollection from video interviews with Holocaust survivors. The views of philosopher and critical theorist Walter Benjamin on the concept of history are formative ones for Shalev-Gerz. In the seminal Theses on the Philosophy of History, Benjamin claims that “[t]o articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it ‘the way it really was’. It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashed up at a moment of danger.” How does Shalev-Gerz’s use of individual recollection and memory, telling and listening, relate to Benjamin’s position on what it means to talk about history?
The Guidelines: Essays must be no longer than 1,000 words in length and submitted (4 hard-copies) to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 28th, 2013. Contestants must be full-time students registered in an undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia.
As part of the Esther Shalev-Gerz exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (January 10-April 14, 2013), we are pleased to present a symposium with Esther Shalev-Gerz, Catherine Soussloff and Ian Wallace.[more]
Join us for a concert by the UBC Contemporary Players at the Belkin Art Gallery. Ensemble Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi present a program that celebrates the Belkin Art Gallery's current exhibition Esther Shalev-Gerz.[more]
Esther Shalev-Gerz will present her proposal for The Shadow, a new public art project to be installed on the UBC campus as part of the Outdoor Art Collection. A 100-metre long depiction of the shadow of an old-growth Douglas fir tree will be embedded within the paving pattern of the University Plaza. Shalev-Gerz will discuss this work in relation to the many other projects she has created in the public spaces of cities world-wide.[more]
Esther Shalev-Gerz brings together key works by the Paris-based artist in the first solo exhibition of her work to be organized in Canada. First shown at the Kamloops Art Gallery in the spring of 2012, the exhibition will be presented with additional work by Shalev-Gerz at the Belkin Art Gallery.[more]