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Aslan Gaisumov, Keicheyuhea, 2017, HD video, color, sound, 26 minutes. From “One Place after Another.”

“One Place after Another”

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

According to Marxist geographer David Harvey, information and communication technologies, along with other developments in contemporary capitalism, have accelerated all aspects of social life, with the profound effect of reducing our experience of space compared to that of time. In hypercapitalist societies such as America, the outcome is a radical forgetting, one that gains momentum with every surreal presidential tweet. What little remains of historical memory is being erased from public use, becoming privatized, or being transformed into a commodity. By contrast, in Russia and Eastern Europe, history has always been a material presence. Reminders of the twentieth century’s grand narratives loom over the present landscape in architectural form, no matter how aggressively capitalist normalization seeks to impose itself and efface the past. Even where genocide, ethnic cleansing, or mass

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