Draft title: Shoah is a media art project by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, incorporating the artistic activities around “Shoah” and collective trauma caused by totalitarianism, forming the framework for a wide range of artistic activities. Like most projects by Agricola de Cologne, also Draft title: Shoah is built up of the dualism of the project development online and the manifestations in physical space, complementing each other.
Dealing with the Holocaust did not only start when Agricola de Cologne launched on 27 January 2010 – his media art and peace initiative “Shoah Film Collection” as an artistic contribution against racism and antisemitism, but was already part of the artist’s identity from a child. The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 had ground breaking influence on the course of his life, when he was confronted with the Nazi history on Polish ground by visiting the memorial sites in Poland, and later Germany and Czech Republik – which was motivating and “sensitizing” him to dedicate a big artistic project and many years of his artistic creativity to the victims of Holocaust by reflecting his experiences and juxtaposed them to the Neofascist manifestations taking place in Germany and many other European countries during the 80ies and 90ies of 20th century. Entitled: “1000 Years, 50 Years and still so terribly young”, this project became the main part of the later project “A Living Memorial Spaces of Art” – Memorial project against the Forgetting, Racism, Xenophobia and Antisemitism. 1995-1998 – standing under the Patronage of Ignatz Bubis (1927-1999), the President of the Central Jewish Council of Germany. In 1998, the major part of this project was destroyed by right-wing vandalism. But the memory and the shadows of this project became later in 2000 the basis of ” A Virtual Memorial Foundation” and in 2009 of “Draft title: Shoah”.
SFC _ Shoah Film Collection –
is a worldwide unique media art and peace initiative addressed to young generations of artists and film makers to deal with the topic of SHOAH (Holocaust) and collective trauma caused by totalitarianism by using new technologies and contemporary approaches in art. Founded in 2009, and lauchwend on 27 January 2010 (International Holocaust Memorial Day) by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, SFC is currently incorporating more than 70 outstanding works of art & moving images (experimental films, videoart and documentaries)
For the presentation of Shoah Film Collection to a wider audience, a specific event structure has been founded in 2012 by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne,, entitled: A Virtual Memorial – Commemorative Interventions – placing SFC into complementary audience related interventions like lectures, a symposion, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, artists talks, discussions and much more.
Since 2012, manifestations of SFC have been taken place in Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw and Milan under the Patronage of the “European Parliament”, and additional manifestations 2011 in St. Petersburg (Russia), Szeczin (Poland), Arad (Romania) and Mexico City (Mexico), 2012 in Phnom, Penh (Cambodia) & Warsaw (Poland), 2014 in Tel-Aviv (Israel), Timisoara (Romania) and Moscow Russia).
Details on ” A Virtual Memorial – International Center for Commemorative Interventions”
Founded in 2012, CTF – Collective Trauma Film Collections are expanding the international world-wide initiative by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne addressed to young generations of artists and film makers to deal with the topic of collective trauma caused by totalitarism by using new technologies and contemporary approaches in art in order to keep vivid the memory via art.
Based on the first collection founded in 2009, SFC – Shoah Film Collection dedicated to the victims of Holocaust, but also other genocides, consisting of experimental films, videoart and documentaries http://sfc.engad.org, the second collection “Cambodia 1975-1979” – is consisting mainly of documentaries by young Cambodian film makers is dealing with the Cambodian genocide 1975-1979
The third collection, simply “CTF – Collective Trauma Film Collection (general)” will be collecting film and videos about incidents of collective trauma worldwide. Still under construction.
Agricola de Cologne (Cologne/Germany)
is a multidisciplinary media artist and curator living and working in Cologne/Germany . He is the founder of Draf Title: Shoah – featuring Shoah Film Collection, and the director and chief curator of artvideoKOELN international. Since 2000 he is developing and working in a global network of artists, curators, cultural institutions. As an artist and curator, he had more than 100 solo exhibitions in cooperation with 80 museums in Europe, South America and USA, he is participating since 2000 in more than 700 media exhibitions and festivals around the globe. His media art works received numerous prizes and awards.
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