From Trauma to Traum
Political art? Sure! Political art today? Sure, even more so!
Works of art are always utterly subjective and, if of true artistic value,
always utterly universal.
Salam Diab lives and works as a member of the arabic minority in the city of
Tamra where this minority though is the almost overall majority.
Experiencing oneself as a part of this opposite and working as an Israeli
artist with a Palestinian background have an influence on Salam Diab's
worldview and the art emanating from it.
Adi Ben Horin, who was born in a kibbutz and who continues living there,
close to the Lebanese borders, has been influenced by the proto-socialist
project of such a shielded community, though being exposed to the threat of
the armed forces. As a child Adi Ben Horin used to play hide and seek in the
tranches cutting through the grounds as lines of defense from possible
rocket attacks. In his current works one can find the traces of those long
Tim Deussen grew up in then Western Germany, in the city of Düsseldorf,
during the golden years of its Art Academy and School of Photography. After
Germany's reunification Tim Deussen moved to the former east of Berlin and
started investigating the recent past of bygone GDR.
All three address, directly or indirectly, issues of the hero and martyr.
Heroes usually are dead. Martyrs are tragic heros, unwillingly because they
have been forced into their destiny, or deliberately through an act of
willpower. Most commonly a martyr does not exist solely by himself. Either
others have engendered his being a hero, or he has swept away others in his
step forward. Martyrdom means suffering and trauma. Art, by addressing such
issues, may offer a vision, a dream, a Traum, for stepping out of fate, not
as an escape but as a means for gestating a liveable future.
This exhibition allows the beholder an insight into those complexities and
how they might be related to other, apparently alien contexts.
Stephan Weitzel, 2014