History is Here and Now: a politically incorrect comment on current events
Saturday June 3rd – Friday June 30th
With the rise of nationalism in the USA and all over the globe, there is a sense of déjà vu. There is a shared anxiety among millions across the globe that history is repeating itself, that we are witnessing an epic process of dehumanization, that we are living in a world that not only tolerates hate, segregation, atrocities, and genocides, but rather promotes those things. Therefore it is essential to bring back the collective historical memory of our brutal past – to remind ourselves that the abyss is not just a vague paranoid delusion, it is happening here and now.
The show will take advantage of the very well-researched public domain photographs of warzones, deportations, mass killings, and other atrocities. The visitor experience, although a bit uncomfortable, will be engaging and informative. The images will be integrated into a collage of past and present. Together they will form a four-walled landscape that will transform the Atlantic Works Gallery to a solemn space for remembrance, discussion, and reflection.
Saturday, June 3 rd 6:00-9:00 pm Opening Reception,
Saturday, June 10 th 6:00-9:00 pm Artist’s Talk on Art and Politics
Thursday, June 15 th 6:00pm Panel Speakers on Human Rights Activism amidst Dehumanisation
Anat Biletsky, Former Chairperson of B’Tselem , an Israeli human rights organization
Rick Sacra, M.D. a doctor serving in Liberia 20 years and Ebola survivor
Gallery Hours, Fridays and Saturdays, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Creative Director: Rachel Shatil, with Artistic Collaborators: Walter Kopec, Rick Dorff, Samantha Marder, Stephanie Arnett, George Shaw, Audrina Bell Warren Public Relations and Press: Kristen Freitas Graphic Design: Amira Harari Artist’s assistant: Caleb Sacra
Rachel Shatil is a theater director and mixed media artist. She was born in a kibbutz in Israel. Both her parents were Holocaust survivors. Her work revolves around post-trauma and family loss.