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Exclusive Exhibition Tour with Yishai Jusidman

Americas Society

March 5, 2013


Birkenau, 2012. (Courtesy of the artist)

Admission: This event is free and open to Americas Society members only.
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Artist Yishai Jusidman will lead guests through his solo exhibition Prussian Blue - Memory After Representation: Yishai Jusidman. Following the program, Americas Society members will have the opportunity to attend a private reception with the artist.

Prussian Blue – Memory After Representation: Yishai Jusidman
Curated by Gabriela Rangel
On view from January 23 - March 23, 2013

Yishai Jusidman (b. Mexico City, 1963) finds in his new series an alternative way to address the meeting of collective memory and aesthetics in order to deal with major concerns of both contemporary memorials and history-based artistic deliverances, as well as with some often overlooked sources that contemporary paintings may exploit. Responding to an ethical imperative inspired by the works of Primo Levi and Claude Lanzmann as a means to focus on issues of representation, memory, and trauma, Jusidman aims to render a truth that asserts his artistic investigation on the complexity of our contemporary visual experience: through a place where the materiality of the medium and the perception of the image collate in the meaning of the picture.

The Prussian Blue series, developed between 2010 and 2012, is paired with efforts undertaken by painters such as Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig, and Marlene Dumas, who previously worked with genocide images inflicted by trauma and collective memory in which photography mediated the production of history through appropriation. Within this lineage, Jusidman departed from photographs of the concentration camps that have circulated since the Nuremberg Trials.

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