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CMP Projects: Claudia Joskowicz

Sympathy for the Devil

California Museum of Photography

November 23, 2013 - April 12, 2014

Sympathy for the Devil (2011) depicts a reenacted encounter between two immigrant neighbors living in La Paz, Bolivia as they wordlessly pass one another in the elevator of their building. The installation is comprised of two video channels, one for each of the protagonists—an anonymous Polish Jew who fled Europe during World War II, and the notorious former Gestapo Captain Klaus Barbie—in this anecdote from the 1970s that had been passed down in the artist’s family.

Claudia Joskowicz: Sympathy for the Devil is presented as part of CMP Projects, an ongoing series of solo presentations organized by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions.