Doris Neidl (Austria)
Doris Neidl is an Austrian born artist living in Brookly, NY and in Vienna, Austria. 1996 she graduated from the University of Art and Industrial Design, in Linz, Austria with a MFA in Visual Art (with distinction). From 1996-1998 she studied at IKM, Institute of Culture Management and Culture Studies, Vienna, Austria. From 1998 – 2002 she lived and worked in Paris, France. 2007 Doris Neidl attended an Artist in Residence Program at SVA New York and in November 2009 she was Artist in Residence at the Egon Schiele Centrum Krumlov, Czech Republic.
Title: If this is a Man, 2009, 5:09
“If this is a man” is a free adaptation of Primo Levis book “Survival in Auschwitz. The Nazi Assault on Humanity”. The film relates to the theme “Memory, Tragedy, and Truth” recalling Primo Levis words which call on us to never forget, to always see what had happened. I used excerpts from the book, images of the Holocaust and I filmed water, leaves blowing in the wind and a solitary tree; three things that will carry on if man does not destroy them – as the memories should not be destroyed and should carry on, for us, for our children, and above all for the people who died.