Ariel Yannay-Shani (Israel)
lives and works in Tel-Aviv, he has presented his works in Art Focus, International Biennale of Contemporary Art Jerusalem, Beit Hagefen Haifa (Israel), New international Contemporary Art Centre Brussels (Belgium) Location One Gallery, New York (USA), imagespassages Annecy (France), Contemporary Art Center Vilnius (Lithuania), Culture & Art Projects NOASS Riga (Latvia).
Title: Remembering the Future, 2005, interactive
“But you know: no day is the day, and no light is the light, as there is here no place and no time. Here you are in some nowhere in which you have been thrown into, without even knowing when and how. You don’t walk in it, and you don’t float in it, you are just in it”.
This description in K.Zetnik’s book The Condemned To Life, in which he describes his experiences in a concentration camp, stands in the background of the project as shown here.
This project is a study aimed to explore the possibilities of memory presentations of events in the past and in history.
I wish to explore new ways of history presentation, which will allow us to experience the past from new points of view and perspective. This case study project is presenting points of view of inmates’ lives in a concentration camp, previously unrealized. I’m laboring to make visible the lost points of views, which were created in that reality, where place is no place and the time is no time.
A reality in which their voice was not heard and what was seen by their eyes is gone forever.
By the use of vintage and contemporary photos, and computer software,
I endeavor to create the visibility of the lost points of views.
With the full commitment for conserving their memory, I am working to create images that will create empathy, allowing us to share a moment with them in a contemporary and vivid way of remembering.
The work is in a on-going process, not completed and not closed.
As such, I would appreciate your comments.
A comments link is present at the navigation bar in the work.
Ariel Yannay Shani
“Black-and-White Forest:Two Journeys to Treblinka”
Ariel Yannay, director of the photography department at Camera Obscura, School of Art in Tel-Aviv is the son of Warsaw-born Shmuel “Samek” Yannay, the last commander of the Palyam naval unit, whose family was wiped out in Treblinka. The exhibition “Black-and-White Forest:Two Journeys to Treblinka” contains photographs taken by Ariel Yannay in the forests near the murder sites and a dialogue between Yannay and Chavka Folman-Raban, who had reached Treblinka on a mission as liaison-courier of the Warsaw ghetto’s underground Zionist movement “Dror” to verify rumors about the extermination of Jews there. The exhibition deals with the meaning of the journey and the ability of photography to provide evidence and serve as a channel for memory.