Oberes Belvedere

James T. Hong: Apologies v 2016.2, 2021

Photo shows the exterior and entrance area of the Jewish Museum Vienna in Dorotheergasse
Foto: © Jüdisches Museum Wien / Fotografie & Agentur Wulz
Photo shows the exterior and entrance area of the Jewish Museum Vienna in Dorotheergasse

Heads of state apologize. Beginning with Willy Brandt, who fell down on his knees in front of the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1970, heads of state from all over the world express their regret in the video compilation work Apologies by the Taiwanese-American film artist James T. Hong. They apologize in a symbolic act of remorse for crimes ordered or sanctioned by the state. They beg for forgiveness and assert that they would do everything to prevent such atrocities from occurring again. Each speech lasts just a few minutes, then the next head of state follows with the next apology, in chronological order, up to the most recent past. Several heads of state are visibly emotional, others read the apology in a seemingly unmoved manner. Some apologies seem genuine, others seem forced. Some heads of state, such as Barack Obama or the Pope, apologize several times in the video, some appear only once.

Lasting more than an hour and a half in total, Apologies evokes emotions: because while one apology follows the next, the crimes continue – and what comes after that is the next apology. Apologies makes the viewer doubt humanity and think about political responsibility as well as cheap excuses, which often help the perpetrators more than the victims.

SD video, 90 minutes, documentation
The artist and Empty Gallery, Hong Kong

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