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09-02-2016 -> 12-02-2016 - Hajnal Nemeth – False Testimony 2013 – Video

The subject of the False Testimony exhibition is the Tiszaeszlar Trial of 1883. Following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl Eszter Solymosi on April 1, 1882, in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlar, local rumors and suspicions of Jewish ritual murder led to a high-profle murder case in the summer of 1883. Relying heavily on forensic medicine, the prosecution’s case was not proved against the 14 male Jewish defendants, who were proclaimed not guilty on August 3. The trial was closely interwoven with the birth of modern antisemitism in Hungary: shortly after the verdict and a spate of antisemitic riots around the country, Hungary’s frst National Antisemitic Party (1883-1892) was formed. Tiszaeszlár later became an important element in the radical Right’s historical narrative and subsequent constructions of national martyrology.

The series of photographs entitled Loud Place documents the contemporary right-wing cult of Eszter Solymosi and the grave erected in her honor in 1994. Silent Place 1 shows the former courtroom in its empty state, while Silent Place 2 shows the Jewish cemetery in Tiszaeszlar which, today, is unmarked,and enclosed by a concrete wall.

The central pieces of the exhibition, False Testimony (one version of the Version) and False Testimony (version 3), use the transcript of Miklos Erdely’s classic 1981 flm Verzio to rework one of the key scenes of the trial. In these videos, a choir and the soloists perform two diferent versions of the scene in which the prosecution’s witness, 14-year-old Moric Scharf, is trained to confess, which confession he later repeats over and over. Hajnal Nemeth, by reenacting the story, she directs attention to the present. She realizes a version whose framework is no longer late 19th century Hungary, but a present-day workplace, an office where everyone is working as if nothing happened. (Szabolcs KissPal)

The photographs, videos and objects in the exhibition examine individual and collective memory and identity, the processes of psychological and cultural acquisition, and the learning of antisemitic witness and national martyrology.
 
 
Hajnal Nemeth – <em>False Testimony</em> 2013 – Video
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The subject of the <em>False Testimony</em> exhibition is the Tiszaeszlar Trial of 1883. Following the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl Eszter Solymosi on April 1, 1882, in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlar, local rumors and suspicions of Jewish ritual murder led to a high-profle murder case in the summer of 1883. Relying heavily on forensic medicine, the prosecution’s case was not proved against the 14 male Jewish defendants, who were proclaimed not guilty on August 3. The trial was closely interwoven with the birth of modern antisemitism in Hungary: shortly after the verdict and a spate of antisemitic riots around the country, Hungary’s frst National Antisemitic Party (1883-1892) was formed.
 <em>Tiszaeszlár</em> later became an important element in the radical Right’s historical narrative and subsequent constructions of national martyrology.
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The series of photographs entitled <em>Loud Place</em> documents the contemporary right-wing cult of Eszter Solymosi and the grave erected in her honor in 1994. <em>Silent Place 1</em> shows the former courtroom in its empty state, while <em>Silent Place 2</em> shows the Jewish cemetery in Tiszaeszlar which, today, is unmarked,and enclosed by a concrete wall.
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The central pieces of the exhibition, <em>False Testimony (one version of the Version)</em> and <em>False Testimony (version 3)</em>, use the transcript of Miklos Erdely’s classic 1981 flm <em>Verzio</em> to rework one of the key scenes of the trial. In these videos, a choir and the soloists perform two diferent versions of the scene in which the prosecution’s witness, 14-year-old Moric Scharf, is trained to confess, which confession he later repeats over and over. Hajnal Nemeth, <em>by reenacting the story, she directs attention to the present. She realizes a version whose framework is no longer late 19th century Hungary, but a present-day workplace, an office where everyone is working as if nothing happened.</em> (Szabolcs KissPal)
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The photographs, videos and objects in the exhibition examine individual and collective memory and identity, the processes of psychological and cultural acquisition, and the learning of antisemitic witness and national martyrology.