Art Papers Live! presents Michael Blum: Alternative Histories.
Michael Blum’s work aims at critically re-reading the production of culture and history. Much of his research-based practice straddles politically sensitive terrain from the historical past to our history-making present by way of the birth of the twentieth century. Investing culturally loaded forms—the museum, the grave, the travelogue, the manifesto, and so on—Blum enlists non sequitur, parafiction, whimsy, and humor to create works that call on both belief and judgment.
Born in Jerusalem in 1966 and currently based in Vienna and Montreal, Michael Blum is a writer and artist who studied history (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) and photography (Ecole Nationale de la Photographie, Arles, France). In 2010, he produced Oriental Dream, a silent slapstick film in collaboration with Damir Niksic—a touching tribute to silent film and to the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. His other recent projects include A Tribute to Safiye Behar, a museum dedicated to the secret lover of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005), Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co., a documentary and speculative exploration of a murky side of Dutch recent history (De Appel, Amsterdam, 2006), Cape Town – Stockholm (On Thembo Mjobo), a book and a radio play investigating the complex relationship between Sweden and South Africa (Mobile Art Production, Stockholm, 2007), and Exodus 2048, which stages a possible future in the Middle East (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2008, New Museum, New York, 2009). He has also recently published Mein Land (Unrast Verlag, Münster, 2008 – in German), With Different Clothes, It’s A Different Lady (Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, 2008).
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