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The Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies (VWI) organises academic events in order to provide the broader public as well as an expert audience with regular insights into the most recent research results in the fields of Holocaust, genocide, and racism research. These events, some of which extend beyond academia in the stricter sense, take on different formats ranging from small lectures to the larger Simon Wiesenthal Lectures and from workshops addressing an expert audience to larger international conferences and the Simon Wiesenthal Conferences. This reflects the institute’s wide range of activities.


The range of events further extends to the presentation of selected new publications on the institute’s topics of interest, interventions in the public space, the film series VWI Visuals, and the fellows’ expert colloquia.



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Dani Gal, An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness. Three films by Dani Gal, Berlin/Lausanne, 2021

Tuesday, 19. October 2021, 18:30 - 20:00

Bookshop Singer am Rabensteig 3, 1010 Vienna bzw. Livestream (siehe unten)


Dani Gal’s films occupy a borderland where fiction and historical reconstruction mingle and where the past bears disturbing messages for the present. Focused on a series of events unfolding at the margins of our usual narratives of the Holocaust, Gal’s work challenges what we thought we know about the genocide and its legacies. In the gray zones Gal reconstructs, we find unexpected exchanges between victims and perpetrators and between the histories of Europe and Israel/Palestine. This book offers a rich and powerful introduction to Dani Gal’s uncanny and unsettling vision. (Michael Rothberg, author of The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators and Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization)

The film trilogy An Elaborate Gesture Of Pastness [Night and Fog (2011), As From Afar (2013), White City (2018)] is concerned with the complexities of historical accounts between ‘victims’ and ‘perpetrators’ in the German / Jewish / Palestinian histories and questions our perception of supposedly conflicting historical narratives. By focusing on three historical events as undocumented ‘blind spots’ the films attempt to question binary notions of good and evil and similar preconceptions related to nation-state control over historical narratives in postcolonial and post-Holocaust context. Accompanied by visual and literary materials from Gal’s extensive research practice, the publication revolves around ethical, moral, historical and aesthetic dilemmas. Contributions by Sa’ed Atshan, Noit Banai, Sabeth Buchmann, Burcu Dogramaci, and Dani Gal, investigate cinema as an instrument for the production and reproduction of the real, dialogic versus fixed notions of history, unsettling empathy, historical trauma and the possibility of forgiveness.

At the book launch event, speakers will address the critical issues raised in the book in relation to recent debates about Holocaust remembrance, decolonialism, anti-Semitism and racism.



Éva Kovács (VWI)


Dani Gal (Künstler, Berlin)
Sabeth Buchmann (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien)
Hanno Loewy (Jüdisches Museum Hohenems)

Im Rahmen der Veranstaltung liest Alexander Fennon Textauschnitte aus An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness.

Anmeldung unter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. bis 18. Oktober 2021, 12:00 Uhr

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In Zusammenarbeit mit Blood Mountain Projects und der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien.

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About the book:

Title: An Elaborate Gesture of Pastness: Three Films by Dani Gal | Contributors: Sa’ed Atshan, Noit Banai, Sabeth Buchmann, Burcu Dogramaci, Dani Gal | Editors: Dani Gal, Mika Hayashi Ebbesen | Publisher: Motto Books, Berlin | Producer: Blood Mountain Projects, Vienna | Graphic Designer: Olga Prader | English | 128 Pages | 17 x 24 cm |Softcover | ISBN: 9782940672219 | Price: €19.00 + p.p.
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Produced with generous support from the BMKOES, Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Nationalfonds and Zukunftsfonds.

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