Marcel Odenbach

Buchmann Galerie | Berlin

In the late ’30s, Russian poet Anna Akhmatova spent countless days and nights in front of a prison’s gates in Leningrad, waiting in the freezing cold to see if her son Lev Gumilyov was even alive. Another woman there asked: Could one ever describe this? I can, replied Akhmatova, and she soon began writing “Requiem,” one of the most shattering testimonials in world literature. Marcel Odenbach, noticing in Rwandans introverted behavior uncharacteristic of Africans, began to wonder whether this was perhaps a consequence of the 1994 genocide. Later, working in the film archives at the United Nations, he came across documentary footage from the disaster. Greatly disturbed by the images, he was seized by the idea of transposing the unspeakable events in Rwanda into a film. But how?

The result is a thirty-one-minute double projection titled In stillen Teichen lauern Krokodile (In Still Waters

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