Neighbours: Polish-Jewish relations in contemporary Polish visual culture
Mroz, Matilda (2013) Neighbours: Polish-Jewish relations in contemporary Polish visual culture. In: Bangert, Axel, Gordon, Robert S.C. and Saxton, Libby, (eds.) Holocaust Intersections: Genocide and Visual Culture at the New Millennium. Legenda / Maney Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 132-147. ISBN 9781907975028Full text not available from this repository.
This article approaches Polish audio-visual engagements with the Holocaust from a new perspective, providing an important contribution to our knowledge of how visual culture is transforming Holocaust memory in the new millennium. The article identifies two developments in Holocaust representation: first, contemporary works are frequently produced in a transnational context, via international co-productions, or by artists with multiple national allegiances; secondly, much new Holocaust representation is produced across media boundaries, drawing variously on the characteristics of cinema, performance art, and installation.
The article outlines the predominant narrative through which Polish cinema has framed Polish-Jewish relations during the Holocaust, which the article terms the ‘hider/hidden’ paradigm, due to its emphasis upon Polish attempts to hide and rescue Jews. The article analyses recent transnational cinematic engagements with the ‘hider/hidden’ paradigm, including the first Polish-Israeli co-production, while considering how the films pose the ethical challenge of balancing empathic closeness to the ‘other’ with a respectful distance. Beyond the cinema, the article considers how this ethical dimension has been reconfigured when visual culture engages with the ‘counter- memory’ to the ‘hider/hidden’ paradigm: the revelations that Polish villagers killed their Jewish neighbours in 1941.The article points to where further research is needed on how the figure of the absent Jewish neighbour functions as a central element in contemporary representations of Polish-Jewish relations.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||Part IV: Between Media|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Polish-Jewish relations, contemporary, Polish, visual culture|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Humanities & Social Sciences|
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
|Last Modified:||16 Dec 2013 12:57|
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