EYE Amsterdam’s new exhibition revolves around Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr and runs from 21 January until 7 May.
Tarr considers [his last film] The Turin Horse (2011) to be a film about the end of the world and thus, at the same time, the end of his own filmography. He could not imagine ever making another film that was more pared down and heavier, more reduced to its essence, than The Turin Horse. Since then, Tarr has run a film school in Sarajevo. For the exhibition at EYE, however, he has once again picked up the camera to film two new scenes. His anger at attitudes to migrants among people in Europe, and particularly in Hungary, has compelled him to make a statement.
Tarr has developed an exhibition that is a cross between a film, a theatre set and an installation. He wants to give a voice to the vast numbers of migrants who have been left stranded in Europe over the past two years. In his films Tarr has always presented the downside of progress, the other side of the coin. It therefore comes as no surprise that he feels called upon to make a statement against the inhuman treatment of thousands of migrants who are trying to give their lives a dignity that – in Europe – is denied them. (EYE)