The 2013 exhibition series in the Darkroom at Turku Art Museum showcases video art by artists from the Middle East. The last exhibition in the spring is Nacht und Nebel (2011) by Dani Gal.
Based on an interview by Dani Gal with Holocaust survivor Michael Goldman, Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog) is a cinematic re-enactment of Goldman’s story. Goldman was one of the men on a secret police mission in 1962 to dispose of the ashes of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi criminal convicted in Israel. The purpose of the mission was to deprive Eichmann of a final resting place anywhere on land and prevent his tomb from becoming a memorial by scattering his ashes in the dark of the night in international waters. The title of the work, Nacht und Nebel, has its origin in the German romanticism literature, later it was used to an eponymous Nazi programme to eliminate activists who opposed Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime and it is also the title of Alain Resnais' documentary film about the holocaust from 1955.
The dark film takes the viewer along with Goldman and his quiet group from the crematorium to the Jaffa harbour and on to the open sea to carry out their mission. The events are overshadowed by the burden of a shared secret. Sounds amplified in the darkness of the night, long shadows and glimpses of light create a psychological portrait of Goldman and lead viewers to consider the themes of crime, punishment and atonement. Burying ghosts of the past leaves us with the issues of forgetting as well as the necessity of remembering.
Dani Gal (b. 1975 in
Jerusalem, Israel) lives and works in Berlin. In his work he often
addresses historical events and soundscapes and makes use of the
cinematic devices of documentary film. Nacht und Nebel was commissioned
for the 2011 Venice Biennale.