The history of the 20th and early 21st centuries is one that is scarred by incomprehensibly violent events with far-reaching effects. It is an era of world wars, totalitarian mass terror, social and ethnic cleansing, revolutions, civil wars, radical uprootings, and terrorism. In the Aftermath of Trauma: Contemporary Video Installations presents the work of five video artists from around the world who employ their medium to explore individual and collective memories of such traumatic experiences.
The artists included in the exhibition employ the so-called semidocumentary video format, provocatively hovering between fact and fiction, history and memory, while using cinematic projection spaces. Engaging with trauma as a belated response, they probe ways of comprehension
that go beyond the dichotomy of head-on confrontation versus denial or repression to suggest a more nuanced and complex relationship between the original event and its present recollection.