In the Aftermath of Trauma
Contemporary Video Installations
Distributed for Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Engaging with trauma as a belated response, all five artists utilize the hybrid form of the semidocumentary, provocatively hovering between fact and fiction and confounding through a variety of formal methods divisions of truth and art, history and memory. From single-screen to multiscreen projections within cinematic spaces, the videos adapt such artistic means as montage, enactment, fragmentation, alienation, and deliberate beautification to offer ways of comprehension that go beyond either confrontation or denial. As such they suggest a more nuanced relationship between the original event and its present recollection. Both inquiring into the nature of the traumatic event and seeking distance from it, these powerfully engaging video installations question the possibility of closure in either the real world or the imaginary realm.
Replete with stunning color images from each installation, In the Aftermath of Trauma is rounded out with an essay by Sabine Eckmann and contributions from Rakhee Balaram, Svea Bräunert, and Ila N. Sheren that look at the relationship between trauma and contemporary art and contextualize the pieces included in the book.