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Shimon Attie

Jack Shainman Gallery | West 20th Street

Over a decade ago, Shimon Attie made a splash with several series of color photographs depicting buildings in Berlin (and, later, other German and European cities) onto which he projected archival black-and-white photographs of those same neighborhoods in an earlier era, restoring, in ghostly form, their once-active Jewish populations. Those works, made in cities then undergoing massive social change, seemed aimed at asserting the importance of remembering extinguished populations, while also demonstrating how cities and buildings—and by extension cultures—forget or ignore their pasts. As such, they not only illustrated some of the central concerns of Holocaust studies and trauma studies, academic sub-disciplines then on the rise and now more or less firmly established, but also raised significant questions about the fundamental relationship between photography and memory.

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