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Ori Gersht

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Two recent film works by the Israeli-born London-based artist that reflect on individuals' life experiences which were shaped by the Second World War.

These are shown alongside new photographs.

Gersht's work often deals with conflict, history and geographical place. The three central works in this new show each disguise dark and complex themes beneath seductive, beautiful imagery.

'Will You Dance For Me?' depicts an 85-year-old dancer rocking back and forth in a chair, slowly recounting her experiences as a young woman in Auschwitz. Her punishment for refusing to dance at an SS officer's party was to stand barefoot in the snow, and she pledged that if she survived she would dedicate her life to dance.

The two-screen film 'Evaders' explores the mountainous path of the Lister Route, used by many to escape Nazi-occupied France. The film focuses on the ill-fated journey of Jewish writer and philosopher Walter Benjamin, whose own words give the exhibition its title.

The photographic work 'Chasing Good Fortune' examines the shifting symbolism of Japanese cherry blossoms which came to be linked with Kamikaze soldiers during the Second World War.


Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
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