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Kunstverein in Hamburg

Exhibitions

Albert Serra - The Three Little Pigs

19.6. - 15.8.2021

Albert Serra - The Three Little Pigs

 

The Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the film The Three Little Pigs(2012) by filmmaker Albert Serra, developed for documenta (13), as a monumental installation. This shows a portrait of Germany and an illustrated reflection on the shaping of history and our perception of it. To this end, the film follows the stories of three main characters from German cultural history: Goethe, Hitler, and Fassbinder.

Today, the work has gained in relevance amid a political landscape that has changed dramatically compared to the time of its creation a few years ago—in between, we have witnessed the founding of the AfD, the so-called "refugee crisis", Brexit, the AfD's entry into the Bundestag, among other things. The Three Little Pigs is as complex and challenging as the question of what constitutes an understanding of history today—and in Germany in particular. Its connection between form and content make it clear that there is work to be done for an enlightened image of history, and the attempt to undertake the difficult positioning of a so-called "cultural nation" in the present means one thing above all: a constant task, a continual coming to terms with the past in the present.

In Serra's work, this takes place on three levels: first, on the artistic level of his film experiment; secondly, at the level of content with the (self-)narratives of the three protagonists, and their reception as key symbolic figures in central phases of the modern self-image of the Germans—Weimar Classicism and the Enlightenment with Goethe; the fantasies of omnipotence and crimes against humanity in the Second World War; and the critical reappraisal of history in the Federal Republic of Germany, which is not without its contradictions.

Albert Serra (*1975) is a Catalan filmmaker. Since his debut HONOR DE CAVALLERIA (2006), all his films have received great attention at festivals, most recently HISTÒRIA DE LA MEVA MORT (2013) was awarded the main prize at Locarno. Albert Serra's cinema is committed to reduction. He works with a small, proven team, low budget and always with amateur actors, almost all of whom come from the town where he grew up. In his films, Serra, who studied literature and art history, deals with well-known literary or historical figures—Don Quixote, the Magi, Casanova and Dracula—without making them classic adaptations. He strips the material of its mythical ballast in order to explore its meaning in the here and now. 

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