Lasting more than an hour and a half in total, Apologies evokes emotions: because while one apology follows the next, the crimes continue – and what comes after that is the next apology. Apologies makes the viewer doubt humanity and think about political responsibility as well as cheap excuses, which often help the perpetrators more than the victims.
The literary scholar and Auschwitz survivor Ruth Klüger observed: “One says ‘Never again’ and then you look at all the massacres that have happened in the meantime. It is absurd to say it should not happen again.” For this reason, Apologies has its place in the Jewish Museum Vienna. The work reflects the ritual nature, but also the empty phrases of acts of repentance staged by the state and asks how we want to deal in the future with the injustice suffered and even more so with the injustice committed.
SD video, 90 minutes, documentation
The artist and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong
Curators: Team Jewish Museum Vienna
Exhibition desgin: Stefan Fuhrer