Forget & Remember
On view from 4 June to 28 November 2021 in the Jewish Historical Museum: Forget & Remember by the exceptional artist duo Gil & Moti. They developed this exhibition, in which their family histories take central stage, especially for the JHM. Using the stories of Gil's father and Moti's mother, the artists explore the relationship between personal, subjective memories and the collective memory.
In Forget & Remember the visitor is introduced to the stories of ánd about the protagonists of the exhibition: Gil's father and Moti's mother. The exhibition is built around their very different collections: Gil's father has a collection of everyday objects that he either uses himself or has found on the street. Moti's mother's collection consists of paintings by famous Israeli immigrant artists from the 1930-1970s.
Gil & Moti developed a special audio tour for the exhibition that connects the personal side, that of their own Jewish family background and migration history, with contemporary Israeli themes. In this, they experiment with existing presentation methods of historical museums. They've also made a series of videos showing intimate video conversations between the artists and their parents.
Gil Nader (1968, Rishon Lezion) and Moti Porat (1971, Ramat Gan) are from Israel and have lived in Rotterdam since 1998, where they studied at the Piet Zwart Institute. In addition to being a couple, they also form the artistic duo Gil & Moti, that tries to live as one entity as much as possible: they dress identically and share one set of keys, one wallet and one telephone. Gil & Moti got married in Rotterdam in 2001 as part of their art project The Gil & Moti Wedding Project. In 2013, for their project The Dutch Volunteers, the artists gave up their Israeli nationality and adopted the Dutch one. The artist duo is known for their 'total' installations: thematic multimedia exhibitions that are often preceded by years of research. Their work is personal and is about identity and the role of the individual in society.
The exhibition is in the Jewish Historical Museum (JHM), Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, 1011PL, Amsterdam. The JHM is housed in the centuries-old former synagogue complex of the Ashkenazi Jewish community.
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