28 October to 31 October
This new film installation created by Sarah Dobai is based on an account of events in Budapest in 1944, and focuses on the impact of discrimination, persecution, and displacement on a child.
The work builds on the links between an antisemitic attack on the child on a piece of common land known locally as “the donkey field” and the story of the persecution of Balthazar the donkey’ in the acclaimed film Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966).
Seen from the point of view of the artist’s family member, a boy who was ten at the time, the film portrays the boy’s experience of the traumatic events of that year when he and his mother are forced to move into a Yellow Star House and their attempt to escape by going into hiding fails.
This film contains some written content describing violence which some visitors may find distressing. Suggested minimum viewing age 14 years +.
Sarah Dobai is a London based artist who works with photography, film, publication and performance. Her recent work has focussed on re-enacted historical works of cinema or literature as a means of addressing present day concerns in a historical setting. More information on Sarah’s work can be found here.
Funded by The Arts Council, UAL and The Elephant Trust.