At The Jewish Museum
In the installation, Living Room, artist and filmmaker Maya Zack uses large-scale computer-generated 3D images accompanied by sound to evoke a Jewish family’s apartment from 1930s Berlin. While listening to the stories and memories of Manfred Nomburg, visitors can experience the apartment visually. 3D glasses enhance the oversized images reimagining rooms in the apartment and give them immediacy and depth.
Zack interviewed Nomburg, a German-born Jew living in Israel who fled his Berlin home in 1938. He describes the apartment in loving detail: the layout, furniture, appliances, tableware, carpeting and paintings. Recollections of the familiar objects inspire Nomburg’s anecdotes about his family, bringing the rooms and their contents back to life.
Like Zack’s film Mother Economy, exhibited at The Jewish Museum in 2008, Living Room explores the intersection of personal memory with historical events. Both pieces were inspired by a trip in which the artist travelled to Slovakia to the house where her grandmother grew up. She recalls her “encounter with the actual house, and the sense of emptiness and absence [she] felt while trying to imagine what had happened in between its walls – reconstructing a reality from a borrowed memory.”
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