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An uncompromised vision (FW34)

ORI GERSHT - THE CLEARING

TOBY HAGGITH

ORI GERSHT - THE CLEARING

The artist Ori Gersht made a series of trips to the villages and forests of the Carpethian Mountains in southwestern Ukraine. There he took a number of photographs and shot footage that formed the basis of his recent exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery. Gersht was drawn to the Ukraine to explore the past of his father-in-law Gideon Engler. During the German occupation of the region, Engler, together with his brother and father, survived by hiding in a hole and later an attic. Thus they escaped the fate of Gideon’s mother and many other Jews who were rounded up and shot in the woods or sent to the death camps. Barush Engler (Gideon’s father) wrote an account of his ordeal, which Gersht read before making his first trip to the area.