Artist Project: Anne Frank Project by Ellen Rothenberg
Anne Frank Project, an installation by Ellen Rothenberg.
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"The Anne Frank Project is not a documentary about a young Jewish girl whose two years in hiding in Nazi occupied Amsterdam ended with her death in Bergen Belsen concentration camp in 1944. Its subject is not the facts of history, whatever they may be. But its successive representations and permutations as Rothenberg first experienced hem through reading the Critical Edition of the diary. It is history viewed through the lens of the Anne Frank story, as it was recuperated and rewritten, reinvented and transformend. It is history understood as systems of knowledge and information rather than events. And it is Rothenberg's insertion of herself-female, Jewish, vanguard artist-into a history which effectively silenced the voices of Jewish women and women artists."
Withney Chadwick from "The Conditions for Growth" 1994.
"Ellen Rothenberg tackles material that many other artists might find too loaded or problematic to bring into the realm of art. Recent revelations concerning the authenticity, censorship, and editoril manipulations of the Diaries of Anne Frank become the means whereby Rothenberg explores ways that history is written, that the individual subject is consituted and that the public and private intersect."
Lynne Cooke, David Ross, Elisabeh Sussman, Matthew Teitelbaum
BOSTON NOW|10, Institue of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1991
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