‘Uriel Orlow’s “Unmade Film”: A Multidirectional Archive for Palestinian and Israeli Traumatic Memory’

Schmetterling, Astrid. 2017. ‘Uriel Orlow’s “Unmade Film”: A Multidirectional Archive for Palestinian and Israeli Traumatic Memory’. In: Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann and Karmenlara Ely, eds. Infinite Record: Archive, Memory, Performance. Brooklyn, New York: Brooklyn Arts Press, pp. 136-143. ISBN 9781936767410 [Book Section]

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Uriel Orlow’s installation Unmade Film (2013) is a work in fragments. It contains components – a storyboard, stills, a script, a voiceover, music and staged theatre scenes – of a film that has yet to be made. Its setting is the Israeli mental health clinic Kfar Sha’ul, initially known for treating Holocaust survivors. The clinic is built on the ruins of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin, whose inhabitants were massacred by paramilitary Zionist forces in 1948. Kfar Sha’ul/Deir Yassin is a site where one event has erased another, one traumatic memory has superimposed itself on the other. Unmade Film is haunted by both of those traumas and insists on thinking them together. Informed by recent debates about the negotiation of divergent histories, memories and sensitivities in the public sphere, this presentation will consider Orlow’s collection of fragments as a “multidirectional” (Michael Rothberg) archive in which Palestinian and Israeli memories do not compete and obliterate each other, but can resonate with one another.

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Uriel Orlow, Unmade Film (2013), memory, Palestine, Israel

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Visual Cultures


1 January 2017Published

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27 Jan 2017 17:55

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01 Jun 2020 10:32



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