WE WERE FATED TO LIVE IN THESE TIMES 1938-1947
The years of the war and the Liberation intimately described through the voices of eye witnesses
The exhibition tells the story of a group of young men of Jewish extraction between 1938 and 1947, developed around the key concepts of growing up in the mountains, denial, freedom and memory.
World history acts as a background to the narrative and is interlaced with the events that shaped the lives of the main characters: a diachronic account of minor events described through alternating and overlapping voices, lights and images. The audience is invited to take the place of one of these young men by selecting their portrait-postcard at the entrance to the exhibition. The post-card, that is to be fitted into an appropriate slot, is the key to activating the various interactive stations and to access the information that concerns the chosen character.
The architectural layout is reminiscent of a mountain and the juxtaposition of freedom and bondage: a large structure built up of white elements is the surface on which the documents, images and video-projections are displayed. Interviews, correspondence and diary materials are used to explore the evolution of History, described in a very confidential and intimate way through the voices of the survivors.