Beryl Korot, ‘Etty’, 2009-2010, bitforms gallery

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Description excerpted from a Rhizome interview with Beryl Korot:

When I finished Florence I sought a companion for her, someone with that kind of intense resolve over a sustained period of time to dig deep inside herself to find the meaning to carry her through a difficult time. Etty Hillesum, a 29 year old Jewish Dutch writer found herself commuting for a year between Amsterdam and the transit camp of Westerbork, while experiencing and witnessing the devastation befalling Dutch Jews. What drew me to her was her ability to internally resist her inevitable physical captivity and death in an effort not to surrender her ʻself.ʼ The day she is shipped out, she records “We left the camp singing.”

“Weather” as the in-motion, woven backdrop to the falling words is a common element in both works. These two pieces are a kind of poetry from other peopleʼs words...also a kind of soliloquy.

About Beryl Korot

An early video art pioneer, Beryl Korot is well known for her installation works that explore the relationship between analog technologies—such as the loom—and video. “Just as the spinning and gathering of wool serve as the raw material for a weave,” Korot says, “so the artist working with video selects images to serve as the basic substance of the work.” With landmark multiple-channel installation works such as Text and Commentary (1977), Korot developed new possibilities for the creation of visual narratives; in other works, she has used painting to meditate on language by inventing a coded analog grid for the Roman alphabet. In 1970 Korot co-founded Radical Software, an early publication to explore alternative communication systems.

American, b. 1945, New York, New York