Yael Bartana's Mary Koszmary and Galut Melancholy

By Carol Zemel

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2011

Mary Koszmary means nightmares in Polish, and as the title of Yael Bartana's ten-and-a-half minute video/film, it heralds the fears and fascinations such dreams inspire. As enacted here, these dimensions are deeply social and multicultural--calling up issues of pain, pleasure, and ambivalence for Poles, Jews, Israelis, and uprooted people everywhere. The author finds the video especially timely in its exploration of a current urgency in Israeli art, as well as a signal of a larger tension in diasporic Jewish consciousness.

Topic: Movies, Art, Diaspora, Film, Community Relations, Shoah, Holocaust, Zionism

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2011

Page Number(s): 49-50

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Poland , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Zemel, Carol. Yael Bartana's Mary Koszmary and Galut Melancholy. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2011: 49-50. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12018


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