Neustadt a.d. Aisch

Marla Elisabeth Heid

The historical reappraisal of the German past is a continuous process. The concept of Vergangenheitsbewältigung is an integral part of the society, especially considering the political climate drifting slowly but steadily toward right-wing belief. However, there is a noticeable difference in approaching the past on the collective level or the individual level. While the collective is constituted and established in the public sphere, the individual is operating within the private realm. The work depicts the process of uncovering unexpected facts within the family. The three-channel audio-visual installation conceptualizes the revelation of an uncomfortable truth inside a family in two separate conversations, held between the wife and granddaughter, and the daughter and granddaughter of the deceased family member. Both conversations are captured in alternating audio tracks over the same visual.

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MARLA ELISABETH HEID is a PhD candidate at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna, working in curation and production. She is also enrolled in the post-master’s course Of Public Interest at the Royal Institute of Arts, Stockholm, where she critically engages with artistic value in public spaces. She received an MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, after studying art theory in Berlin and Beijing. She is cofounder of the exhibition project Kunstbüro Hohmann und Heid in Berlin.

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