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ACFNY SUPPORTED | PERFORMANCE
THE WHITE ELEPHANT ARCHIVE, SETTING NO. 3
THURSDAY FEB 01, 07:00 PM
The White Elephant Archive, Setting No 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, one-man production Eduard Freudmann uses his family's archive – which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps – to explore his family's silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. Reflecting on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, this production provides a rare and important glimpse into the experience of the third generation living in Europe, and the impact of trauma across generations.
“Eduard Freudmann’s performance piece The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 is a searing examination of history and memory in post-Holocaust Vienna. It is the product of deep knowledge of Austria’s past, genuine cross-generational empathy, and serious aesthetic reflection. Bringing it to the U.S. allows American audiences to encounter one of the most original artists working in Central Europe today.” – Matti Bunzl, Director of the Wien Museum and former Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival
This performance of The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 is made possible by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria, Federal Chancellery of Austria and Austrian Cultural Forum New York City.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Eduard Freudmann is an award-winning multimedia artist specializing in video, performance and public installations. His most recent work, The Monument May Be a Forest (2016), was selected as the winning design of the competition “From Those You Saved,” which commemorates the Polish Righteous Gentiles in Warsaw. Freudmann’s work has been presented globally in international exhibitions, art biennials and festivals such as the OFF-Biennále Budapest, the Wrocław Contemporary Museum, and the Bucharest Biennial, among others. He has served as Artist in Residence at Shtetl Montreal, Artport Tel Aviv and the Digital Art Centre Holon, and has lectured at art and cultural institutions across Europe. Freudmann is Senior Artist at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he researches and teaches trans-disciplinary Art.
Freudmann’s work explores the politics of commemoration and history, aesthetical perspectives on the archive, and the mediatization of the Holocaust. He is especially interested in historical-political commemorations in public spaces and approaches to write microhistories, including the transmission of family histories. He has received support from the European Cultural Foundation, the Austrian government and many more. www.eduardfreudmann.com
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