Philadelphia

Yael Bartana, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, video, color, sound, 11 minutes. Sławomir Sierakowski.

Yael Bartana

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Yael Bartana, Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), 2007, video, color, sound, 11 minutes. Sławomir Sierakowski.

In February of last year, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, made it illegal for citizens to suggest that their nation bears any responsibility for the horrors of the Holocaust. Though the Holocaust law, as it became known, was revised several months later to remove criminal penalties for infractions, its program of historical erasure was evidence of the strong resurgence of anti-Semitism in a nation once home to more than three million Jews.

These national debates over the legacy of the Holocaust lend new interest to Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s film trio And Europe Will Be Stunned, 2007–11, shown in the Polish pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale and on view through the first of this month at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in an exhibition curated by Amanda Sroka. The series envisions an alternate Poland willing to both recall and redress its complicity in Nazi genocide, and

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