Press Release, Wed 19 Oct 2022
Taking memories of his mother as his point of departure, the Israeli author Etgar Keret has written nine new short stories specifically for this exhibition, which will serve as their world premiere. With these short stories, Keret draws an explicit connection to the Jewish tradition of passing down memories from generation to generation. He recalls experiences he had with his mother, who was born in Poland in 1934, and recounts stories she told him as a child, including ordinary anecdotes but also traumatic wartime experiences and encounters with violence. The narrative voice alternates between the perspective of an adult and that of a child. Keret makes no claim that these literary writings depict reality or paint a complete picture of his mother. On the contrary, he emphasizes that such an attempt would be doomed to failure, and also wants the exhibition to illustrate the uncertain and fragmentary nature of his memory.
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