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Image of the Exiled- Traces, a Solo Exhibition by Amos Gitaï

Posted in Between Art & Cinema by sylvielin on February 27, 2013

Internationally renowned Israeli filmmaker, Amos Gitaï (1950~), began to make films in the seventies. The battle in Kippour, Israelin1973 represented the turning point of his life : Gitaï survived miraculously after his helicopter was shot down. He described the experience in his feature filmKippour(2000). In the same way, the history of and the political situation in Europe as well as those of Israel and the life of the exiled become the motif of his documentaries and feature films (Gitaï himself has lived in Paris in the eighties and returned to live in his homeland, Israel in the nineties).

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In 2011, Gitaï shot Lullaby to My Father Munio Weinraub Gitaï, a feature film about his father. During the thirties, his father studied architecture in the Bauhaus School and was accused of being harmful to the German people just because he had distributed political brochures. After suffering from punishment and imprisonment, his father then exiled in Switzerland before living permanently in Israel, where he designed architecture for a kibbutz, meaning collective farming communities in Israel under the influence of socialism and Zionism. Recently, in his solo exhibition Traces in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (until the 10th April), through an array of documents and films, Amos Gitaï represents the entanglements of the life of his father with the history of the Nazis and of Israel.

The venue of Tracesis situated in the abandoned underground space of the Palais. In the immense, dark space filled with the ambiance of ruins, we see documents about Gitaï’s father : photographs of him in the Bauhaus School period, accusation letters issued by the court, his blueprints for a  kibbutz in Israel, etc.

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