In a video installation combining historical found footage and original scripted film, Edith 6∞ suggests a possible micro-history inside the Łódź Film School in 1968. That year, North African students were invited to study filmmaking techniques at the film academies of Eastern Bloc countries. Simultaneously, in the wake of the 1968 political crisis in Poland, Jewish teachers and thinkers were forced into exile. Edith 6∞ marries old and new video footage to explore the question of The Enemy in Europe – between the Arab and the Jew –from an Eastern perspective during the Cold War. The project provides an artistic soil to contemplate and reflect on the present through an imagined love story.
Assaf Gruber (b. Jerusalem, 1980) is a sculptor and filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin. The dialectical relationship between the individual and the establishment is at the centre of his work, which explores how political orientations of institutions impact the lives of individuals and how institutions choose to represent and communicate facts and artefacts. Gruber studied at the Cooper Union in New York and is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. His solo exhibitions include the Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź (2015), the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2018), Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2018), among others. His films have been featured in festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival, FID Marseille (2019), and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2016).