Haim Sokol, Testimony , 2015. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Haim Sokol, Testimony , 2015. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Haim Sokol, Testimony , 2015. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Haim Sokol, Testimony , 2015. Courtesy of AV Festival 2016

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol, Testimony, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Haim Sokol’s work deals with issues of memory, history and trauma, specifically those histories that have been hidden, forgotten or oppressed. The subject of Anti-Semitism is absent from the official history of both Russia and Ukraine. Testimony departs from the memories of the artist’s father, who at the age of 11 was confined to a Jewish ghetto in Ukraine during the Second World War.

Testimony imbues material objects with collective historical memory, reflecting simultaneously on the past and the present. The film becomes a new form of memorial or monument in its durational scale. Evolving over two hours, the narrative consists of a series of video performances in which simple manual acts by two protagonists the Angel of History and the Migrant – such as cleaning, washing the floor, or painting a fence – take on an historical dimension.

On Sat 27 February, 11.30am–12.30pm, Haim Sokol and R.E.P. discuss their work at Tyneside Cinema. More information here.

On Sun 28 February, 12.30–3pm, Haim Sokol presents a live reading of a text work reflecting the ongoing post-Holocaust politics of exclusion and racism in society today. More information here.

Testimony
Haim Sokol

FREE

Preview: Fri 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016

Opening Times 
Mon – Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 11am–5pm

The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema

10 – 12 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle
NE1 6QG
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