Adam Golfer: A House Without a Roof
July 11 - September 6, 2015
Golfer’s family history - its memories, objects, and mythologies - becomes material for taking stock in the divergent iterations of global narratives.
A House Without a Roof concerns the strands of history connecting the Jewish Diaspora out of Europe and forced massmigrationsfromPalestinefollowingWWIIwiththecreationoftheStateofIsrael. Thebookassociatedwiththe exhibition loosely traces the triangular relationship between Golfer’s grandfather - a survivor of Dachau, his father - who lived on a kibbutz in the early 1970s, and the artist - caught between the membrane of histories that turned the oppressed into oppressors and residents into refugees. AHouse Without a Roof negotiates the splintered narratives of war and displacement between Europe, Israel/Palestine, and the United States.
The exhibition also includes the video piece, Router (2014), a work that epitomizes Golfer’s hybrid approach to art and filmmaking. Router shifts between the actions of two subjects; a New York performance artist, and a German WWII reenactor, creating a distinctly separate dialogue by way of the space between them.
A House Without a Roof was begun in 2011. Its sense of “rooflessness”, of disjointed familiarity, - architecturally, historically, and politically questioning one’s sense of being planted - hovers throughout Golfer's book, use of imagery, and in the uncertainty of the space between the two characters in Router. As in the reading of the book’s text, one memory is often redirected by the addition of another. One’s ability to locate era, subject, or speaker (third and first person voices diverge and overlap) is complicated by a perpetual relocation of literary devices.
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