synoptic portrait Yehuda Bacon @ States Gallery of Lower Austria

“Holocaust oral histories are mediated by their functions and their multivocality: efforts to serve historical, commemorative and autobiographical functions produce a variety of blended voices directed toward multiple audiences and goals.”

Deborah Shiffrin, LINGUISTICS AND HISTORY: ORAL HISTORYAS DISCOURSE

At a very concrete level, multiple voices emerge in oral histories simply because interviewers ask questions and make comments; likewise, interviewees typically respond to what interviewers say. Multiple voices also appear more abstractly through the confluence of different narrative modes and the influx of different sources of information over time. The combination of different narrative modes— personal, institutional, communal—into recurrent and meaningful patterns within a single oral history (Portelli 1997: 27)

Deborah Shiffrin

For the first time the complete synoptic portrait of Yehuda Bacon is shown in the exhibition “traces and masks of refugees” at the states Gallery of Lower Austria! The show will be on until Sept. 26th, 2021

In this video portrait, the Israeli artist and Holocaust survivor Yehuda Bacon is talking to 3 women and 3 men in 3 different languages: German, Czech, and Hebrew. in each language he speaks once to a woman and once to a man. But there are more differences… According to language, gender, age, political background Yehuda changes the way of telling his story…

The interviewers are: Yochi Fischer, Anna Derschmidt, Abbé Libansky, Natascha Dudinski, Thomas Freiler, and Haim Ben Shitrit

watch the full videos here!

Thanks to Alaa Alkurdi, Ronen Eidelman, Jasmin Avissar, Christian and Ingrid Reder, Florian Brix, Nikolaus Wildner, Elinor Kowarsky, Shlomo Serry,

Landesgalerie Niederösterreich: Spuren und Masken der Flucht (12.9.2020 – 26.09.2021) https://www.lgnoe.at/de/ausstellungen/12-spuren-und-masken-der-flucht | Foto: eSeL